Netanyahu confirms Israel behind artillery attack in Syria

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-13 05:39:53|Editor: yan
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JERUSALEM, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed on Tuesday that Israel had carried out an artillery attack in Syria on Monday night.

"We operate every day, including yesterday, against Iran and against its attempts to establish itself in the region," Netanyahu said ahead of his departure to the Warsaw Conference in Poland, answering a question about Israel's involvement in the attack.

Syria's SANA news agency reported on Monday that Israeli shelling targeted Syrian military positions in Quneitra province. The shelling targeted a destroyed hospital and a Syrian military observatory in Quneitra, said the report.

The shelling also targeted a town in Quneitra, causing damage to property.

The remark was a rare confirmation of the frequent Israeli attacks in Syria. The Israeli air force had carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria, targeting Iranian sites to halt Iran's attempts to gain a military foothold in the country.

Additionally, Israel has repeatedly targeted Syrian military positions.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly denounced the Israeli attacks on Syria as aiming at prolonging the war in the country which has lasted for more than seven years.