Israel launched dozens of missiles into the Syrian capital of Damascus today, striking both Iranian and Syrian government targets.
The AP reports that the British organization the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, whose members are in the area struck, list at least 11 deaths due to the Israeli strikes, although Syrian state media claims only 2, and says they were both civilians.
Israel’s reason for the launches was a series of four missiles fired into the Golan Heights area of Israel from Syria. The parties responsible for the rockets have been identified as Iranian agents, with sites belonging to both Iranian forces and Lebanese Hezbollah targeted according to sources for the SOHR.
Israel has decided that it needs to be more aggressive in its Syrian reactions. The government made this clear in their statement following their strikes.
“The rules have changed: Anyone who shoots at the State of Israel during the day will not sleep at night. Like last week and now this week. Our message to Iran’s leaders is simple: You are no longer immune. Wherever you stretch your tentacles-we will hack them off. The IDF will continue to protect Israeli citizens “Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett
The United States influence in Syria has greatly diminished in recent weeks. This has led, as expected, to heightened danger for our regional allies. Further violence as a result is the reasonable progression of events, as is the continued diminution of American power.