Israeli warplanes on Wednesday morning struck eight military targets in Syria belonging to Iran’s Quds Force and the Syrian Army, after Israeli forces uncovered explosive devices planted near the border in the southern Golan Heights on Tuesday, the Israeli military said in a statement.

According to official Syrian media, three soldiers were killed and one wounded in the strikes.

Among the targets hit were the headquarters near Damascus of Iran’s military forces in Syria, a secret military site housing senior officers and the Syrian Army’s Division 7, according to the IDF.

Other targets included warehouses, command centers, military complexes and “advanced” surface-to-air missile batteries, said the statement.

IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Hidai Zilberman said that the roadside bombs had been uncovered following several months of close surveillance of a “specific unit that aroused our suspicion, which belongs to the Iranian Quds Force.”

Zilberman added that the devices had been successfully neutralized.

These explosive devices were planted on the Israeli side of the Israel-Syria border in the southern Golan Heights on the orders of Iran, according to Israel’s military, Nov. 18, 2020. Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Office.

“This incident takes place against the backdrop of the Iranian entrenchment in the southern Golan Heights region,” said Zilberman, adding that the aim of Wednesday’s strikes was to reinforce “the message we began to convey in the thwarting of the cell that planted explosives on Aug. 2.”

The red marker shows the site where the roadside bombs were uncovered by Israeli forces on Nov. 17, 2020, while the yellow marker shows the location of an Aug. 2, 2020 attempt to plant similar devices. Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Office.

On Aug. 2, Israeli forces identified and eliminated a four-man terror cell attempting to plant explosives near the border fence in the same region the roadside bombs were discovered on Tuesday.

“We will not tolerate the Iranian entrenchment in Syria, especially not in the border area, and we will not permit the Syrians to tolerate it,” said Zilberman.

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