The Israeli military conducted a targeted strike that killed a senior Hezbollah officer inside Syria.

For the past weeks, Syria has been a relentless hotbed of violence. Government troops backed by Russian airstrikes are attempting to oust the rebels from the final stronghold in Idlib province. Last week, the Syrians launched a missile strike at Turkish troops supporting the rebels and over  33 Turkish soldiers were killed. The Russians sent two warships into the Mediterranean. The Turks, seeking assistance from NATO, are threatening to unleash millions of Syrian refugees currently inTurkey into Europe.

Meanwhile, the Iranians continue their attempts to put a permanent base on the border with Israel and try to get a foothold on the Golan Heights. On Thursday, the Israelis made multiple missile strikes on the Syrian side of the border, in Quneitra, wounding three Syrian soldiers and killing a top Hezbollah official, who reportedly was in charge of trying to get the Iranians a base on the border. 

The Syrian official news service SANA originally reported that the man killed in a drone strike on his car was a civilian. Other Syrian news media reported that the man was a Syrian policeman. They later changed the reports to state that the man was a Syrian military officer. 

SANA posted a statement that said, “Israeli occupation helicopters fired rockets at Syrian Army points in Al-Qahtaniyah, Al-Hurriyah, and the liberated city of Al-Quneitra, causing three injuries to the soldiers.” 

The dead man was identified as Aymad al-Tawil. Israeli military sources told the media that Tawil was a Hezbollah operative setting up Iranian-led cells in Syria aimed at launching cross-border attacks at Israel.

The Israelis, as is their policy on most airstrikes, did not comment; however, with some of the missiles coming from helicopters over the Golan Heights, it is highly unlikely that anyone but the IDF conducted the attack. Earlier in the week, Israeli officials confirmed that they had struck several Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza and in Syria outside of Damascus. 

The Israelis have made it clear that they will not tolerate an Iranian presence on their borders and have frequently conducted airstrikes on Iranian led proxies or Iranian forces setting up inside Syria.