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Israel launches airstrikes on Iran-linked sites in Syria after border explosives find

The Israeli Air Force conducted air strikes Tuesday night on Syrian army and Iranian Quds Force targets near Damascus — hours after several improvised explosive devices were discovered on the Israeli side of the border in the Golan Heights.

Why it matters: Tuesday marked the second time in three months that explosive devices were discovered on the Israeli side of the border. Israel claims Iran's Quds Force is using pro-Iranian militias and local Syrian operatives to open a front with Israel in the Golan and engage in attacks on Israeli forces.


Driving the news: An Israeli Defense Force spokesperson said Israel's air force jets attacked the headquarters of the 7th division of the Syrian army near the Golan Heights, from where he said the Iranian forces operate.

  • Other targets were a military base near Damascus international airport that is operated by Iranian forces and another military site near Damascus where Iranian officers live, he added.
  • The Israeli Air Force also attacked Syrian army surface to air missile batteries.
  • The state-run Syrian news agency said three Syrian soldiers were killed in the airstrikes and one was wounded.  

What's next: Israeli officials expect the Iranian to continue try conducting attacks near the border using their local proxies.

  • Israeli officials said they see the Syrian government responsible for the attacks against Israel from its territory.

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