The Israeli military had dropped leaflets with threats to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 1st Corps over the countryside of al-Quneitra, local sources reported on November 25.
In the leaflets, the Israeli military alleged that Lebanon’s Hezbollah had taken control over decision-making within the 1st Corps. Furthermore, Iran and Hezbollah were accused of abusing Syrian military positions, personnel and civilians to launch “sabotage” operations against Israel.
“Your relationship with Iran and Hezbollah is hindering the reconstruction of Syria and obstructing Syrian unity,” the leaflet reads. “We will not allow anyone to destabilize us! Beware of working for Hezbollah in any way, direct or indirect, we will not stop until we eliminate the threat posed to us.”
In the early morning hours, a series of Israeli strikes targeted military positions in al-Quneitra and in the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
Last month, the Israeli military dropped similar leaflets with threats to senior commanders in the SAA’s 1st Corps. Early on November 18, Israeli airstrikes destroyed the personal office of Major General Akram Hawija, commander of the 1st Corps’ 7th Division. Hawija was one of the officer named in the leaflets.
The new leaflets indicate that Israel is planning to launch new wave of strikes on the SAA 1st Corps under the pretext of “cooperation with Hezbollah.” The 1st Corps is the main force in southern Syria.
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