IDF struck dozens of Hezbollah targets in Syria in past 3 years

In the past three years, the IDF has attacked dozens of Hezbollah targets in Syria, according to a senior security official.

Smoke rises from a fire in a container storage area, after Syrian state media reported an Israeli air strike on the port of Latakia on December 7. (photo credit: SANA/REUTERS)
Smoke rises from a fire in a container storage area, after Syrian state media reported an Israeli air strike on the port of Latakia on December 7.
(photo credit: SANA/REUTERS)

Hezbollah has not yet responded to statements that over the past three years, the IDF has attacked dozens of Hezbollah targets in Syria, a senior Israeli security official said on Saturday. 

This is surprising since the attacks severely hampered the organization's logistical and operational efforts to establish outposts, transfer weapons, ammunition and infrastructure in an effort to establish itself in the southern Golan Heights and the border triangle with Jordan.

Hezbollah, with the help of Iran, is preparing for the possibility of attacking the home front of the State of Israel and IDF soldiers stationed on the border with Syria in the future, they added. 

How did the weapons reach Hezbollah?

Some of the weapons came from Iran by sea, and some by land or air via convoys to the Syrian Golan Heights. In some places, operatives working in the name of Hezbollah managed to set up weapons depots that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) attacked, according to foreign publications, and destroyed them. 

According to senior security officials, a deterrent for the Iranians in Syria is Iran's lack of response to an attack by the IAF in the al-Tanf region in Syria. The attack included the destruction of unmanned aircraft and missiles, including Iranian-made infrastructure. 

What is the Palestinian response? 

Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) have remained silent in the face of these attacks, despite the recent rising tensions inside Israel: A flag march in Jerusalem, the escape of security prisoners from Israeli prisons, hunger strikes in prisons, the interception of UAVs over Gaza, the delay in payments to officials and the Qatari grant.

An Israeli Air Force F-35 flies during an aerial demonstration at a graduation ceremony for Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel, June 27, 2019. (credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)An Israeli Air Force F-35 flies during an aerial demonstration at a graduation ceremony for Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel, June 27, 2019. (credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)

There have been three rogue attempts to launch rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel, but this was done against the instructions of Hamas and the PIJ.