Israel Shoots Down Drone Overhead

Five Syrian troops were injured due to Israeli airstrikes that attacked several locations in the Homs region early on Sunday. Some hours later, the Israeli military was able to shoot down an “aircraft” that had entered Israeli airspace after entering from Syria. 

An Iranian advisor wounded in an Israeli attack on Friday has subsequently passed away due to his injuries. Iran has been a primary backer of President Bashar Assad’s administration in Syria ever since the crisis in Syria began in March 2011. They have also sent advisors to Syria since the conflict’s early stages. 

Since the beginning of the year, Israel has carried out nine separate attacks on targets located inside Syria, the most recent of which occurred on Sunday.

At a meeting of his Cabinet on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not make any direct reference to the strikes, but he did say that Israel was responding against threats from other countries. 

Yoav Gallant, Israel’s defense minister, commented on Syria later on Sunday when he was visiting troops in the occupied West Bank. But, he did not specifically confirm the recent bombings that had taken place. He said Iran was working toward establishing a more permanent presence near Israel’s borders. 

Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes on targets within government-controlled portions of Syria in recent years, including assaults on the airports in Damascus and Aleppo. These strikes have been carried out against a wide variety of targets. Israeli airstrikes targeted the suburbs of Damascus on Friday, killing one Iranian consultant and wounding another Revolutionary Guard adviser in the process. Damascus is the capital city of Syria.

After the terrible 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Syria and Turkey on February 6, the airport in Aleppo was a primary route for assistance supplies. It was the target of an Israeli bombing last month and left the airport out of action for two days. In what seems to be an effort to stop Iranian weaponry supplies to terrorist organizations supported by Tehran, like Hezbollah, Israel has also attacked seaports in government-held portions of Syria.