Israel Accuses Iran’s Qods Force After Rockets Target Military Bases on Golan

CNS News | 5/9/2018 | Staff
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( – Israel has been bracing for an Iranian military response to recent attacks on Iranian positions in Syria, and early Friday a barrage of around 20 rockets fired from Syrian territory targeted military bases in northern Israel.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said several of the rockets heading for Israeli positions on the Golan Heights were intercepted, and that no injuries were reported.

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Significantly, it accused the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force of firing the projectiles. Iran has traditionally attacked its primary foe via proxies such as Hezbollah and Hamas or, in more recent times, the Assad regime or Shi’ite militias fighting in Syria on Assad’s behalf.

“About an hour ago, IDF defense systems identified approximately 20 rockets that the Iranian Quds forces launched at IDF forward posts on the Golan Heights,” the IDF Spokesperson’s office said.

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“A number of rockets were intercepted by the IDF’s Iron Dome aerial defense system. No injuries were reported. The IDF views this event with great severity and remains prepared for a wide variety of scenarios.”

On Thursday, the IDF had instructed local authorities on the Golan to open bomb shelters, citing “abnormal” activities by Iranian forces in Syria. After the rocket attack, it advised residents of the area to remain in protected spaces.

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If confirmed, the IRGC Qods Force retaliation comes after several reported Israeli attacks on Iranian interests in Syria. They include an airstrike against an Iranian airbase in Homs province known as T4 on April 9; a missile attack on an Iranian base and...
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