On Saturday night after 22:00, jets pounded three different Iranian militia sites in Syria, including at the all-important border crossing with Iraq. The airstrikes took place in the Abulkamal region of Syria.

While no one is claiming responsibility for the strikes, it is believed that they were undertaken by Israel. Israel never comments on airstrikes, neither confirming nor denying them. The area has been often targeted by Israeli airstrikes. 

Five militias were killed in the strikes, as was reported by the media. 

Despite the Israelis not commenting on specific airstrikes, on Sunday, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said that the Israelis have made it abundantly clear that they will not accept Iranian bases in Syria or its borders. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has many times echoed as such.

“It is no secret that Iran is trying to establish a ring of fire around our country, it is already based in Lebanon and is trying to establish in Syria, Gaza and more,” Bennett said. “We need to move from containment to attack.”

“If you don’t leave, you will become entrenched and you will bleed because we will work without hesitation to remove aggressive forces from Syria.” 

“We are telling the Iranians: Syria will become your Vietnam,” he added.

Iran has been nearing completion of a military base in the Abulkamal area along the border with Iraq. This is seen as Iran’s land bridge through which it can shuttle missiles, weapons and equipment from Iran, through their proxies in Iraq, to militias in Syria.