An office of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was one of the targets of the September 17 Israeli attack on the Syrian capital, Damascus, according to the Al Arabiya news channel.
Citing unnamed sources, the UAE-based channel said that the IRGC’s “Lebanon Corps Support Office” was struck during the attack. The office allegedly supports pro-Iranian forces in Syria, and more importantly Hezbollah in neighboring Lebanon.
Al Arabiya didn’t provide any information on the location of the IRGC office. However, a Syrian military official said earlier that all the targets of the Israeli attack were located in southern Damascus.
Another key target of the attack was Damascus International Airport, which resumed its operations within a few hours only.
The attack was launched by several fighter jets of the Israeli Air Force from the direction of Lake Tiberias in northern Israel. Spice 1000 precision-guided glide bombs were reportedly used in the attack, which claimed the lives of five Syrian service members. At least one of the bombs was successfully intercepted by Syrian air defenses.
Al Arabiya’s claims are yet to be verified. However, the IRGC is known to maintain a network of positions and offices in Damascus.
Earlier this year, Israel accused the IRGC’s Quds Force of smuggling strategic weapon systems to Hezbollah in Lebanon via Syrian airports. Tel Aviv alleged that the weapons in question are being shipped aboard Iranian civilian flights heading to Syria.
Israel stepped up its attacks on Syrian airports in Damascus and Aleppo after these accusations, which may have been just a pretext.
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