Netanyahu confirms weekend strike on 'Iranian weapons' in Syria

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot speaks at a press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the defense ministry's headquarters in Tel Aviv

‘We struck thousands of targets’: IDF chief of staff on Israel’s ‘near-daily’ strikes in Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel carried out an air raid on Iranian weapons in Syria over the weekend, a rare public confirmation of such attacks.

Netanyahuy said the Israel Defense Forces has attacked hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets.

"We have been taking action with impressive success to arrest Iran's military entrenchment in Syria", Netanyahu told his cabinet in televised remarks, saying this entailed "hundreds" of attacks over the past several years of Syria's civil war, in which Iranian and Hezbollah forces have backed the Damascus government against rebels and Islamist insurgents.

Uncharacteristically, outgoing military chief of staff Gadi syria also spoke publicly of Syrian airstrikes in interviews in recent days.

"Just in the last 36 hours the air force attacked Iranian warehouses with Iranian weapons at the global airport in Damascus".

"If necessary, we will step up these attacks".

Last month, Israel launched an operation to detect and destroy what was described as a vast network of Hezbollah tunnels, and officials say the latest discovery brings the mission to an end.

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On Tuesday, Eisenkot will be replace by Maj. In a New York Times interview published Friday, Eisenkot said that Israel "has struck thousands of targets without claiming responsibility or asking for credit" as part of his showdown with Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran's elite Quds Force.

On Saturday, Syria said it filed complaints with the U.N. Security Council and with U.N. Secretary-General Antonia Guterres over Israel's alleged airstrikes.

A sixth tunnel was found on Saturday, which infiltrated a few dozen metres into Israeli territory.

It included stairs, a rail system and a wide a passageway that allowed for the movement of equipment and a large number of forces.

A man stands next to a drill as Israeli military personnel continue work on exposing and thwarting cross-border tunnels dug from Lebanon into Israel near the town of Metula December 19, 2018.

Lt Col Conricus said: "We have achieved the goal that we set out to achieve a month and a half ago".

"According to our intelligence, there are no longer any cross-border attack tunnels into Israel". Conricus said the United Nations peacekeeping mission, known as UNIFIL, was updated on the latest development.

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