On January 13, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that Israel conducted an airstrike on Syria over the weekend. He claimed that the airstrike destroyed a number of Iranian weapons caches in the Damascus International Airport.
“The Israel Defense Forces has attacked hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets. Just in the past 36 hours, the air force attacked Iranian depots full of Iranian weapons in the Damascus International Airport,” Netanyahu said, speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting.
According to him, “Israeli warplanes coming from the direction of the Galilee fired several missiles toward the vicinity of Damascus.”
Israel’s acknowledgement of attacks on Syria is rare.
However, Israel’s outgoing military chief of staff Lieutenant-General Gadi Eisenkot stressed during a recent New York Times interview that the Israeli military had “struck thousands of targets without claiming responsibility or asking for credit.”