BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, allegedly visited southwestern Syria recently, triggering the latest wave of Israeli airstrikes, Kuwait-based Al-Jarida reported on Tuesday.
“Soleimani’s visit to a location less than 40 km from the ceasefire in the Golan Heights violated a previous American-Russian-Israeli agreement” regarding the alleged Iranian presence in the country, the report said.
Al-Jarida claimed that Soleimani made a secret two-hour-long visit last Friday to an area near the occupied Golan Heights.
Two days after Soleimani’s visit to southwest Syria, the Israeli Air Force unleashed two separate attacks on the Damascus countryside.
The Quds Force commander allegedly said the only way to stop Israeli attacks was to fire three missiles in the occupied Golan Heights for every enemy projectile.
Furthermore, Soleimani called on the Syrian military to intercept every Israeli warplane that enters their airspace.
Al-Jarida claims that Soleimani stressed the need to respond to the air raid, as it would lead to the failure of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the forthcoming elections.