The Jerusalem Post: Israel destroyed a third of Syria’s air defenses in 3 years

On Thursday, press reports said that the Israeli army managed to destroy a third of the Syrian air defenses in the years 2017-2020.

According to the Jerusalem Post, between 2017 and 2020, Israel fired nearly 1,000 rockets and shells during its raids on Syria.

The Israeli military estimates that the strikes destroyed a third of the Syrian ground defense, but the Syrians are rehabilitating them with Russian help, according to the newspaper.

Israeli Air Force, Israeli Air Force Base Hatzerim, Beersheba, Negev Desert December 27, 2017

For its part, the Syrian army launched 844 interceptor missiles at fighters and rockets, and it succeeded in dropping a number of Israeli missiles during the same period.

The newspaper pointed out that Israel is launching operations to strike targets in Syria and neighboring Iraq, in order to prevent the smuggling of advanced weapons to Iran’s allies in the region and to prevent the stationing of its forces in Syria, where they can easily operate against Israel.

Last Monday, the Israeli army announced that Israeli fighters launched an attack on military targets in Syria, noting that the strikes came “in response to an attempt by hostile elements to plant a bomb on the border fence”.

The Israeli army said in a statement that among the targets included in the strikes were Syrian surveillance sites, intelligence-gathering systems, anti-aircraft batteries and command bases.

The Israeli army spokesman, Avichai Adrai, announced on Twitter, quoting the Chief of Staff of the Army, that “the cell that was targeted on the Golan borders, a week ago, was operating under Iranian instructions”.

The spokesman said, “Israel is targeting the Iranian nuclear program and preventing its positioning in Syria”.