NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 12:58
In Syria, a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards has succumbed to injuries sustained in an Israeli airstrike on Friday. Earlier, the death of another Iranian was reported. The attack carried out near the capital Damascus was the second in 24 hours, Syria’s state news agency Sana reported.
Iran has threatened Israel with retaliation.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in Britain, the attacks targeted a weapons depot. Government troops and Iranian-backed militias have supplies there.
Today, new strikes hit targets in the Syrian province of Homs. According to state media, five soldiers were injured. The missiles were again aimed at military targets and Iranian-backed militias, the observatory said. It is the ninth Israeli airstrike in Syria this year, according to the observatory.
In recent years, Israel has often carried out airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria. Iran and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah support the regime of Syrian President Assad.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu did not confirm the airstrikes, but he did say Israel is acting against any “foreign threat”. Regimes that support terror on Israel’s borders must pay a heavy price, Netanyahu said.
He also said that Israel’s internal crisis has had no effect on his country’s fighting power against outside enemies.
There are still fierce demonstrations in Israel against government plans to overhaul the legal system. Netanyahu suspended the changes earlier this week, but tens of thousands of people demonstrated again in Tel Aviv yesterday for the thirteenth week in a row. There were smaller demonstrations in other cities. The protesters are demanding that the plans be scrapped altogether. They say it will give Netanyahu more power at the expense of the judiciary.
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