The Israeli military carried out a nocturnal attack on targets in Syria on Saturday, which was described as a successful attempt to thwart a "very threatening" Iranian drone attack.
The air strike seemed to be one of the most intense efforts of the Israeli armed forces to stop Tehran's military action in the Damascus area triggered anti-aircraft fire by Syrian forces.
Colonel Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, told The Associated Press that Israeli officials had been monitoring a conspiracy for several months in which they believed the Al Quds force had planned the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in conjunction with Allied Shiite militias To send explosives. loaded attack drones to Israel.
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The Iranians originally attempted to implement the plan on Thursday, but were stopped by Israeli forces, Conricus said. The plan was tried again late Saturday and triggered an air strike.
"We were able to thwart this attack with fighter jets," Conricus said, adding that the forces near the Syrian border were on high alert.
"This was a significant plan with significant capabilities scheduled for a few months," Conricus said. "It was not done at a low level, but top down from the Quds Force."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed the air strike on Twitter and warned Israel's enemies in Iran: "Iran has no immunity Our forces are working against Iranian aggression in all areas." If someone rises to kill you, kill them him first. "
Netanyahu also said he had" instructed our armed forces to be prepared for any scenario. We will continue to act resolutely and responsibly against Iran and its deputies for the security of Israel. "
Israel has in recent years confirmed the conduct of hundreds of air strikes in Syria, most of which target arms shipments that are believed to be shipped from Iran to Syria to its Shiite deputy Hezbollah and Iranian forces were rare, and in recent days, US officials have said that Israeli strikes have also hit Iranian targets in Iraq.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP Reacted to "enemy" targets Damascus fired and fired incoming rockets before they reached their targets.
State television did not disclose any further details of the Israeli attack.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. [1