The Israeli military, which has been largely silent on its airstrikes in Syria, has said it has targeted about 50 targets in Syria this year. The attacks targeted the Syrian army, Iranian fighters and Hezbollah fighters.
According to reports from Jerusalem on the last day of 2020, the Israeli military deviated from its normal course of action and said on Thursday that its warplanes had targeted a total of about 50 key military targets in neighboring civil war-torn Syria this year.
This is stated in the annual report of the Israeli Defense Forces, released today, December 31, which did not provide any details about the targeted Syrian military targets. It said only that Israeli warplanes had targeted Damascus government troops as well as fighters from the Assad regime’s allied Iranian forces and fighters from Lebanon’s Shiite militia Hezbollah.
The Syrian civil war began in 2011 and since then the Israeli air force has carried out a total of hundreds of strikes in Syria. According to the annual report of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), during 2020, Israeli warplanes made a total of 1,400 “operational flights” in Syria.
Since the Palestinian military and political organization Hamas came to power in the Gaza Strip in 2007, it has fought three wars with Israel. The first of these wars began in December 2008, when Israel launched Operation Cast Lead to stop its rocket attacks from Gaza.
The war ended in January 2009 as a result of Egyptian mediation efforts, in which 1,440 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed.