Israel Hamas War : The Israeli military announced on Wednesday that it conducted airstrikes on military infrastructure within Syria in response to previous rocket launches towards Israel.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) issued a statement saying that their “fighter jets targeted military infrastructure and mortar launchers that belonged to the Syrian Army in response to the launches towards Israel on Tuesday.”
A military spokesperson informed AFP that these airstrikes took place inside Syria.
There are concerns that the conflict between Israel and Hamas could lead to broader regional instability, particularly worsening tensions with Syria and the Iran-backed Hezbollah group in Lebanon.
The conflict began when militants from the Palestinian Islamist movement crossed into Gaza from the border on October 7, resulting in a violent episode that Israeli authorities claim led to over 1,400 casualties. Additionally, over 220 hostages were taken in the largest attack in Israel’s history, prompting a significant Israeli bombardment of Gaza. Gaza’s Hamas leadership alleges that this bombardment has resulted in the deaths of 5,791 people.
Israeli airstrikes on Sunday disrupted the operations of Syria’s two main airports, as reported by Syrian state media. While Israeli strikes have previously caused disruptions at government-controlled airports in Damascus and Aleppo, it marks the second instance this month where both sites were targeted simultaneously.
Earlier in the month, Israeli strikes hit Aleppo airport, causing injuries to five people, according to a war monitoring group. It also temporarily rendered the airport out of service.
Throughout more than a decade of conflict in Syria, Israel has conducted numerous airstrikes on its northern neighbor, primarily targeting Iran-backed forces, Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, and Syrian army positions. Israel has not typically commented on individual strikes in Syria but has consistently expressed its intention to prevent Iran, which supports President Bashar al-Assad’s government, from expanding its presence in the region.