Israeli jets hit Iranian Quds Force in Syria

Israeli jets hit Iranian Quds Force in Syria
The air strikes were in retaliation to the discovery of three claymore anti-personnel charges near an Israeli military position in the Golan Heights, above. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 19 November 2020

Israeli jets hit Iranian Quds Force in Syria

Israeli jets hit Iranian Quds Force in Syria
  • 10 dead in wave of airstrikes from Golan Heights to Damascus

JEDDAH: At least 10 people died in a wave of Israeli airstrikes on Wednesday against Iranian targets in Syria.
Fighter jets pounded installations operated by the Quds Force, the elite overseas unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and by the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia.
The dead included five Iranians from the Quds Force and at least two militiamen, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the war monitor in the UK.
Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus said eight targets were hit in areas stretching from the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights to the outskirts of Damascus.
They included an Iranian headquarters at Damascus international airport, a “secret military site” that hosted Iranian military delegations, and the 7th Division of the Syrian armed forces, he said. Syrian surface-to-air defenses were also hit after firing at Israeli planes and missiles.
Israel has regularly attacked Iranian-linked targets in Syria in recent years, but has stepped up strikes this year in what Western intelligence sources describe as a shadow war to reduce Iran’s influence.
But Wednesday’s attacks struck a far wider range of targets than usual, and the Israeli military was more forthcoming about the details than in the past, suggesting a clear aim to send a public message about Iranian involvement in Syria.
Israel said it was retaliating for an Iranian-sponsored operation in which Syrians planted explosives near an Israeli military base in the occupied Golan Heights.
The Quds Force is responsible for supporting Tehran’s allies in proxy conflicts across the Middle East, coordinating Shiite militia fighters in Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq and elsewhere.
The Assad regime has never admitted that Iranian forces operate on its behalf in Syria, only that Tehran has sent military advisers. Western intelligence sources say Israeli strikes have undermined Iran’s military power in Syria without triggering a major increase in hostilities.


32 killed and 79 injured during deadly clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur

32 killed and 79 injured during deadly clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur
Sudan’s war-scarred Darfur region is always prone to communal clashes. (AP)
Updated 17 January 2021

32 killed and 79 injured during deadly clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur

32 killed and 79 injured during deadly clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur
  • The footage also showed women and children carrying their belongings, allegedly fleeing clashes in the camp

CAIRO: Clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur have killed at least 32 people, according to a local medical official, as Sudanese authorities imposed a round-the-clock curfew on the province.
Darfur remains scarred by war after a rebellion in the early 2000s was brutally suppressed. The most recent violence comes two weeks after the UN Security Council ended the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force’s mandate in the Darfur region.
Salah Saleh, a doctor and former medical director at the main hospital in the provincial capital of Genena, said the clashes wounded at least 79 others. “It’s horrible,” he said. “Until now, people cannot reach any hospitals.”
Salah warned that the casualty toll was likely much higher. The violence erupted on Friday in Genena, when an Arab man was stabbed to death at a market in the Krinding camp for internally displaced people, aid worker Al-Shafei Abdalla said. He said the suspect was arrested.
On Saturday, the dead man’s family — from the Arab Rizeigat tribe — attacked the Krinding camp, burning most of its houses, said Abdalla.
Gov. Mohammed Abdalla Al-Douma said the government would impose a curfew that would include the closure of all markets and a ban on gatherings across the province. Al-Douma granted security forces and soldiers a mandate to use force to control the situation.
The prime minister’s office in Khartoum said in a statement a high-ranking delegation led by the country’s top prosecutor would head to Genena “to take necessary measures” to re-establish stability in West Darfur. The statement did not give a casualty toll from the clashes.
Adam Regal, a spokesman for a local organization that helps run refugee camps in Darfur, shared footage showing the burned homes and property in the Krinding camp following Saturday’s attack.
The video included graphic images of wounded people with blood-stained clothes. The footage also showed women and children carrying their belongings, allegedly fleeing clashes in the camp.