Syrian air defences responding to Israeli missiles targeting Iranian facilities near Damascus, May 10, 2018. (REUTERS)

March 5, 2019

A new report from the Syrian Republican Guard revealed this week that several of the casualties from the Israeli attack this month on the Al-Quneitra Governorate were, in fact, Iranian soldiers.

According to the Syrian Republican Guard, five of the recovered corpses from the Israeli attack on the military garrison in western Al-Quneitra were found to be the remains of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) personnel that were positioned near the border of the occupied Golan Heights.

Thanks to DNA evidence, the Syrian military was able to confirm that the soldiers in western Al-Quneitra were from the IRGC; they have since begun the process of returning the bodies to Iran.

While the DNA evidence helped confirm the identity of the soldiers, it also inadvertently revealed that the Iranian forces were still present along the border with the Israeli occupied Golan Heights.

The total number of Iranian soldiers present along the border is unknown; however, the targeted military garrisons that the Israeli forces hit on February 11th were located in an area near the demilitarized zone that separates the Al-Quneitra Governorate and occupied Golan Heights.

On February 11th, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) heavily targeted three sites inside Syria’s Al-Quneitra Governorate.

Of the targeted areas by the Israeli Defense Forces were two military garrisons and the Al-Quneitra National Hospital.

The Al-Quneitra National Hospital was turned into a weapons depot by the jihadist rebels during their reign over the provincial capital.


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