Israel Intercepts Four Rockets From Syria, Launches Airstrikes (Update)


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On November 19, the Israeli Defense Forces stated its Iron Dome missile defense system had intercepted four rockets fired over the Golan Heights. Speaking later to media, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz blamed Iranian-backed militias in Syria for the attack. Syrian sources later reported that Israel launched five missiles at targets in Damascus, causing explosions to be heard near the Damascus International Airport.

Update: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed it had conducted retaliatory strikes in Syria against the Al Quds Force, the overseas division of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). According to an Israeli military spokesperson, warplanes fired missiles at Syrian and Iranian command posts, weapons depots, bases, and air defense sites. 23 people, including 16 from outside of Syria, were killed in the strikes.

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Masao Dahlgren, "Israel Intercepts Four Rockets From Syria, Launches Airstrikes (Update)," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 19, 2019, last modified November 20, 2019, https://missilethreat.csis.org/israel-intercepts-four-rockets-from-syria/.