TEL AVIV, BM, ($1=3.30 Israeli Shekels) – Two Israeli attacks were carried out by the Israeli military within a few hours in one night, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the Israeli online media The Times of Israel.
Early this morning, July 20, the Israeli Air Force carried out airstrikes, attacking the warehouses of Iranian-backed militias in the Syrian province of Aleppo. According to the Syrian state news agency SANA, ammunition and weapons depots in the city of al-Safirah were attacked, resulting in powerful explosions and explosions.
The information was also confirmed by the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [SOHR]. There is no detailed information on the damage or casualties. Some Syrian sources, including SANA, claim that the Syrian air defense system intercepted the surface-to-air missiles fired by the Israeli air force, but very often, SANA information and subsequent Syrian military reports differ on the effectiveness of air defense systems.
Israel has no practice of confirming such actions. Thus, Tel Aviv does not deny but does not verify the news of Israeli strikes on Syrian territory. This passivity is the rule among the Israeli military and governments. Tel Aviv only confirms attacks, airstrikes, and military actions resulting from revenge after an Israeli territory attack.
Aleppo is a major province in northern Syria, bordering Turkey. In the past, the Israeli Air Force has carried out airstrikes in the area. It should be noted that this is the first reported Israeli attack in Syria since early June this year.
Four hours after the attacks on Iranian warehouses in Syria, two rockets were fired from Lebanon in the direction of northern Israel. The Israeli military confirmed this information, saying that the Iron Dome intercepted one missile while the other had fallen into a field. We remind you that the Israeli Iron Dome air defense system works based on a complex algorithm, and if it calculates that a missile will not fall in a populated, military, or secret area, the system misses the missile, as is the case here.
Israel responded to strikes from Lebanon by firing two rockets at the source, attacking Jewish territory. According to the Israeli military, Hezbollah, which operates in Lebanon, was not involved in the attack but was most likely a smaller terrorist group funded by Iran.
The area under attack in Lebanon was Wadi Hamoul. BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that several missiles were fired against Israel from this area during the 11-day missile war between Israel and Gaza.
The civil war in Syria
The Syrian civil war has been going on for almost a decade. Attempts by movements such as the Syrian Democratic Forces to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have failed.
The Syrian democratic forces are armed by allies and the United States, while the Syrian army is armed mainly by Russia. Russia is the only country officially invited to Syria by President Bashar al-Assad.
In 2017, the United States launched a massive missile strike on Bashar al-Assad’s forces after a report emerged that the Syrian president had used chemical weapons to attack his people in the country. Syria and Russia deny such actions.
During his tenure, US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw much of US troops from Syria, leaving several troops to guard Syria’s oil fields on the pretext of “falling into the hands of Islamic State.”
With the withdrawal of the United States, Turkey comes to the fore, declaring it necessary to deal with the Kurds and the PKK movement in the northern part of the country, which borders Turkey. That is why Erdogan is sending troops in an attempt to build a stable and secure 30km zone between Syria and Turkey, which will prevent future terrorist attacks on Turkish territory, as it is.
In February 2020, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria. Nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, Syrian-backed forces destroyed dozens of Turkish armored vehicles, and more than ten drones, including drones, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March 2020, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed that a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would use military power.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January, a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind several Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Militants are loyal to Ankara and support Turkey.
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