Israel to Continue Strikes Against Iranian Military Activity in Syria

Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Thursday warned Iran that Israel army will continue strikes against Iranian military movement in Syria to wipe out its “terrorist activities” as long as necessary.

Gantz, who was speaking to reporters in Jerusalem, also warned that any group who engages in terror attacks against Israel put “themselves and their countries at risk.”

“We will take all necessary measures to continue thwarting terrorist acts that enemey (Iran) are trying to intensify in the region,” Gantz added.

Gantz remarks come when Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced that two of its members were killed this week in an Israeli bomb strike near the Syrian capital, Damascus. The IRGC in a statement also vowed revenge, saying “Israel will pay the price for its crime.”

Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes in Syria over the past years, targeting army sites and Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah targets.

Syria’s official news agency, SANA reported that since the beginning of this year, Israel has carried out seven air strikes across the country, and the latest one was on 24 February in which two soldiers of the Syrian regime and four fighters loyal to Iran were killed.

Since Iran’s warning, the Israeli army raised the state of alert of the units operating the Iron Dome air defense systems, along the border with Syria, Amir Bohbot, a military correspondent for the Walla website said.

Bohbot furthered that the Israeli army was preparing for the possibility of Iran launching a missile attack from Syria on Israeli sites.

IRGC identified the two killed IRGC members as Ehsan Karbalaipour and Morteza Saidnejad.

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