Israeli jets carry out strikes north of Damascus — reports

Illustrative photo of an IAF F-15 fighter jet flying over Israel during the 'Blue Flag' exercise at Ovda Airfield near Eilat on October 21, 2015. (Israeli Air Force)

Illustrative photo of an IAF F-15 fighter jet flying over Israel during the ‘Blue Flag’ exercise at Ovda Airfield near Eilat on October 21, 2015. (Israeli Air Force)

Raids said to target four trucks loaded with ballistic missiles; no immediate reports of casualties

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Airstrike kills squad placing mine on northern border

The IDF on high alert in the Golan Heights on Tuesday,  January 27, 2015 after responding with artillery fire to two rocket attacks launched from Syrian territory. (Photo credit: Basal Awidat/Flash90)

The IDF on high alert in the Golan Heights on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 after responding with artillery fire to two rocket attacks launched from Syrian territory. (Photo credit: Basal Awidat/Flash90)

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IAF hits Gaza targets in response to rocket fire

Military says it targeted weapons facilities and rocket launching site, after 6 rockets hit southern Israel; Iron Dome intercepts 2 projectiles

Smoke billows over Gaza after a series of IAF airstrikes that marked the onset of Operation Pillar of Defense, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (photo credit: Edi Israel/Flash90)

Smoke billows over Gaza after a series of IAF airstrikes that marked the onset of Operation Pillar of Defense, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (photo credit: Edi Israel/Flash90)

Two weapons facilities and a rocket launching site in Gaza were targeted by the Israeli Air Force in the early hours of Monday morning, the IDF Spokesperson’s office said, after at least six rockets were launched from the Strip into southern Israel late Sunday night and early Monday.

Red alert sirens sounded across several regions of southern Israel, in the worst such attacks since last November.

Report: IAF Warplanes Seen Flying the Skies of Lebanon

Lebanese media reported Sunday afternoon that Israeli war planes were spotted in the skies above southern Lebanon.

IAF F-16

IAF F-16

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www.israelnationalnews.com   –  By Chana Ya’ar

Lebanese media reported Sunday afternoon that Israeli war planes were spotted in the skies above southern Lebanon. 

It appeared the pilots were rehearsing attacks on targets in the region, local sources told media outlets.

Both Syria and Lebanon accused Israel of carrying out air strikes on a convoy last Wednesday that was transporting Russian-made surface-to-air missiles from the Damascus area towards the border with Lebanon.

The two countries also accused Israel of bombing the Jamraya military research center, where chemical weapons were being processed. At least two people died in the attack, and a number of others were wounded. Among the casualties were alleged members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.

For the first time, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak this weekend obliquely acknowledged that indeed, Israel had carried out the strike, which he referred to as “proof that when we say something, we mean it.”

“We say that we don’t think it [Syria] should be allowed to bring advanced weapons systems into Lebanon,” he told top international diplomats and defense officials at a conference Sunday in Germany. 

Barak did not bluntly say that Israel had carried out the strike, skirting the issue by saying, “I cannot add anything to what you have read… about what happened in Syria several days ago.  

“But I keep telling … that we said, and that is another proof that when we say something we mean it, we say that it should not be allowable to bring advanced weapons systems into Lebanon and Hizbullah from Syria when [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad falls.”

Barak added that in his view, “Hizbullah from Lebanon and the Iranians are the only allies that Assad has left.” He said the region has not been this unstable since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. 

Assad’s fall could come at any time, Barak added, noting “this will be a major blow to the Iranians and to Hizbullah.” 

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused Israel on Sunday of seeking to “destabilize” his country, in a statement released to the government-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The air strike had “unmasked the true role Israel is playing, in collaboration with foreign enemy forces and their agents on Syrian soil, to destabilize and weaken Syria,” Assad was quoted as saying during a meeting in Damascus with top Iranian officials.

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