The Israeli military has dropped leaflets with threats to senior Syrian Arab Army (SAA) officers in the Syrian-held part of the Golan Heights, Asharq Al-Awsat reported on October 21.
The leaflet warned the SAA officers from cooperating with Iranian forces or Lebanese Hezbollah for “money” or to build a “resistance.”
“The interests of Hezbollah and Iran is not the same as the [SAA’s] 1st Corps, the Syrian state or the residents of al-Golan and Hauran [the southern region],” the leaflet reads, “everyone who works or cooperates with Hezbollah is a target.”
The leaflets named the following officers:
- Major General Ali Asaad, commander of the 1st Corps;
- Major General Akram Hawija, commander of the 7th Division;
- Major General Moufid Hassan, commander of the 5th Division;
- Brigadier General Hussein Hammouch, commander of the 90th Brigade;
- Brigadier General Basil Abu Eid, commander of the 112th Brigade.
In the early morning, the Israeli military struck a school in the town of al-Hurriyah with a missile. No human losses were reported as a result of the strike.
“We won’t allow terrorist operatives from Hezbollah or Iran to set up on the Golan Heights border and we will do what is necessary to drive them out of there,” Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in an interview a few hours after the attack.
The Israeli threat to Syrian officers is not the first. In April, the Israeli military issued a direct threat to Major General Ali Asaad and Hezbollah commander in southern Syria Haj Hashem.
Israel is apparently about to escalate its covert war against Iranian forces in southern Syria. Israeli strikes on the region will likely increase in the upcoming few weeks and months.
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