Israeli military strikes 54 targets in Syria, 900 in Gaza in 2019

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-03 19:49:18|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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JERUSALEM, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli military struck 54 targets in Syria and about 900 targets in the Gaza Strip in 2019, statistics issued by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Friday showed.

It was the first time for the IDF to publicly state the exact number of targets in Syria struck by the Israeli military, according to Israeli media report.

According to the statistics, 38 km of the barrier along the Israel and Syria border has been built by the Israeli military last year.

Along the Israel and Lebanon border, the IDF destroyed six cross-border tunnels dug by Hezbollah from southern Lebanon into northern Israel.

The past year of 2019 saw an increase of the strikes against targets in the Gaza Strip. Statistics reported that the IDF struck around 900 targets in the Gaza Strip, a rise compared with 865 targets in 2018.

A total of 1,295 rockets were fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip, 478 of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. As of the end of 2019, a total of 47.5 km of the underground barrier with the Gaza Strip has been completed.

In 2019, a total of 51 "terror attacks" happened in the West Bank, a decline compared with 76 in 2018.

Statistics also showed that in 2019 the number of operational flights of fighter jets reached more than 1,800 and that for helicopters over 600, while the hours of operational flights of remotely piloted aerial vehicles reached about 40,000.

In the past year, the IDF said its air forces cooperated with about 30 countries in over 30 international exercises both in Israel and abroad.

The Israeli navy conducted 12 international exercises in cooperation with other fleets. During the year of 2019, 32 foreign fleets docked in Israeli ports.

As for the cyber defense sector, the IDF thwarted hundreds of cyber-attack attempts against Israel every day in 2019 in cooperation with the Israeli cyber defense community. During the year, nine defensive cyber exercises were held in Israel and abroad.