Netanyahu Admits Israel Behind Strike Against Iranian Weapons Depots in Syria

‘We struck thousands of targets’: IDF chief of staff on Israel’s ‘near-daily’ strikes in Syria

Israel has acknowledged carrying out air strikes on Damascus International Airport in Syria over the weekend in what it says was an operation to target an Iranian weapons warehouse.

"The accumulation of recent attacks proves that we are determined more than ever to take action against Iran in Syria, just as we promised", he added.

At his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu publicly confirmed the strike as he thanked outgoing military chief Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot for long years of service and particularly his marshaling of Israel's shadowy campaign against Iran in recent years.

In an interview with The New York Times, the general said that Israel had carried out attacks on "thousands of [Iranian] targets without claiming responsibility or asking for credit".

We worked with impressive success to block Iran's military entrenchment in Syria.

"Hezbollah's operational plan was to use the tunnels weapon to infiltrate many fighters, between 1,000-2,000 terrorists, into the Galilee to seize communities here".

Israel launched "Operation Northern Shield" early last month to detect and destroy what it called a vast network of Hezbollah tunnels aimed for militants to sneak across the border, capture territory and stage devastating attacks.

A sixth tunnel was found on Saturday, which infiltrated a few dozen metres into Israeli territory.

He claimed the tunnel included stairs, a rail system, and a passageway to allow equipment and forces through.

"All of the tunnels have been exposed and have either already been destroyed or are going to be destroyed", military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters.

"According to our intelligence, there are no longer any cross-border attack tunnels into Israel".

Israel and Hezbollah last fought a war in 2006.

UNIFIL, the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon, was informed of the latest tunnel, Conricus said.

Neither Lebanon nor Hezbollah has commented directly on the end of the operation.

A man stands next to a drill as Israeli military personnel continue work on exposing and thwarting cross-border tunnels dug from Lebanon into Israel near the town of Metula December 19, 2018.

Israel has mounted attacks in Syria as part of its efforts to counter the influence created by Iran, which is supporting President Bashar al-Assad in the war that erupted in 2011.

In the wake of its discoveries, Israel has asked the global community to impose tough sanctions on Hezbollah and begin to act against its state-within-a-state operation in Lebanon.

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