Israel Attacks Southern Syria, Damages Military Post

Air defenses active, no casualties reported

Israel’s campaign of operations against Syria continued Wednesday night, when warplanes attacked a military base in Quineitra, damaging a site which some reports claimed was used by Iran as a storage facility.

Details are still emerging, but the Syrian state media reported that air defenses were activated during the Israeli attack. They added there was material damage to the site, but no casualties.

Israel has refused to comment on the matter, which is in keeping with a policy of not talking about attacks initially reported in foreign media. Attacks on nominally Iranian-linked targets, however, are extremely common for them.

If no casualties remains confirmed, this is a fairly minor incident, as Israel does material damage several times a week in such attacks, often on flimsy pretexts. Israel was believed to be trying to provoke a response from Iran, but so far that has not happened.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.