Golan Heights and South/West Syria 0
17 November 2020

The Israeli military announced that it had “exposed a number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) near the Israeli side of the Alpha Line on the southern Golan Heights”, adding that “we hold the Syria regime responsible for all events in Syria and will not tolerate any violation of our sovereignty”. The IDF subsequently announced that its aircraft had in response “attacked military targets belonging to the Iranian Quds Force and the Syrian army… in Syria. The attack damaged warehouses, command posts and military complexes, and batteries of surface-to-air missiles”; Syrian state media reported three fatalities and one injured soldier. An IDF spokesperson asserted that “We are attacking against the host, and the visitor who is really not wanted”, while Prime Minister Netanyahu pledged that “we will not allow Iranian military entrenchment against us in Syria and we will not tolerate any attempt to attack us from Syrian territory. Whoever tries to attack us or attacks us will bear the consequences”. On 22 November, Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson asserted that “Iran’s presence in Syria is advisory and if anyone distorts this presence, he/she will receive a crushing response”. He further rejected any Iranian fatalities in the Israeli strike.

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