Are Israeli Strikes on Iranian Targets Fair?

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Published on 23 Jan 2019, 21:53
CROSSROADS | U.S. Marine Corps Ret. Gunnery Sergeant Jessie Jane Duff joins i24NEWS' David Shuster and Tal Heinrich to discuss the latest on an IDF strike against Iranian targets in Syria. 


The death toll from the Israeli airstrikes overnight on Monday rose drastically from the original count of 11 to 21, including at least 12 members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported Tuesday.

Six of the casualties were confirmed members of the Syrian regime and pro-Syrian armed forces, while the other 15 were deemed to be foreign nationals, meaning three of those killed were nationals from other countries.

The attack was considered the deadliest in terms of human loss since the May attacks in which at least 27 pro-regime fighters were killed, including 11 Iranians, according to the SOHR.

But the monitor did say it was “the most violent and comprehensive targeting of targets within the Syrian territory,” in terms of damage done to military infrastructure and storage sites, which was attributed to the “rotation of 3 squadrons of Israeli planes to bomb sites…”

On Monday, the Israeli military confirmed it had targeted a "weapons storage site at Damascus International Airport, an Iranian intelligence site, and an Iranian training camp.”

Israel acknowledged that its attack had been partly repelled by Syrian fire, and that Israeli forces had therefore destroyed a number of Syrian air defense batteries.

The latest strike came after Israel intercepted a rocket fired from Syrian territory on Sunday towards the Golan Heights.

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