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Iran threatens ‘harsh reaction’ after alleged Israeli airstrikes in Syria

Iranian militias warned of a “harsh response” after a number of Syrian and Iranian-backed forces were killed and wounded in a alleged Israeli airstrikes near Palmyra in central Syria on Wednesday night, the second such airstrike in the past week.

The Syrian state news agency SANA reported that an Israeli airstrike targeted a communications tower and a number of nearby sites, killing a Syrian soldier and wounding three others. The attack was carried out in the direction of the al-Tanf area near the Jordanian and Iraqi borders with Syria, a Syrian military source told SANA.

Around the time of the airstrike, the airspace above the Golan Heights was closed to flights until Friday at. 12:15

On Thursday morning, a joint operating room affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Hezbollah and the Assad regime warned that it had decided to respond harshly to the airstrikes after a number of operatives were killed and wounded in them, according to Hezbollah-affiliated media. It is unclear whether the statement referred to casualties other than those reported by SANA.

The joint operating room stressed that its mission in Syria is only to help the Syrian state confront “terrorists” and ISIS.

“For years, we have been under attack from the Israeli and American enemies in an attempt to withdraw into side fighting that was not a priority for our presence in Syria, and the Zionists’ excuse was that they were aimed at precise weapons and sensitive equipment that posed a threat to their unsurprising entity, “the joint statement added.

Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem also condemned the alleged Israeli airstrikes on Thursday morning, calling them “overt aggression and outrageous thuggery”.

Qassem stressed that Israel could only be deterred by confronting it, responding to its attacks, getting it to “pay the price” for its actions, and not letting it impose the rules of engagement.

The air strike is coming just a week after an alleged Israeli airstrike at the T-4 airport, also near Palmyra, wounded six Syrian soldiers, according to SANA.

Satellite images from Sentinel Hub shared on social media showed damage to the runway at T-4 after the air strike.

Before last week’s airstrikes, the last to blame Israel in Syria took place in August, targeting the Qalamoun Mountains near the capital, Damascus. Four Syrian civilians were reportedly killed when Syrian air defense missiles fell on a residential area in the town of Qara.

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