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Israel Launches Airstrikes on Syrian Posts, Hours After ‘Border Attack’

Israel’s military said that it had struck observation posts, intelligence collection systems and other Syrian military targets. In turn, Syrian state media reported that its air defenses fired on “hostile targets.”

Israel launched an air strike on military targets in Syria on Monday, the Israeli military said, taking the comparatively rare step of announcing operations beyond its borders. “The targets struck include observation posts and intelligence collection systems, anti-aircraft artillery facilities, and command and control systems in the Syrian Armed Forces (SAF) bases,” Israel’s military said.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it deployed fighter jets, helicopters and aircraft. The IDF said that its strike was a response to an attempt by four men to lay explosives along the border fence with Syria on the Golan Heights, earlier in the day, concluding by saying: “We hold Syria responsible.”

Late on Sunday, announcing the alleged border bomb plot, the IDF had said in a tweet that it had thwarted the attempt and was “ready for any scenario.”

Following the airstrike, Syria’s official news agency, SANA, said that the Syrian army air defenses had engaged “hostile targets” near the capital Damascus.

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