Israel Strikes Iranian Targets in Syria as Tensions Escalate

10 May, 2018, 14:04 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz attend the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem

Later the Agency added that the forces are Syria's air defense shot down dozens of Israeli missiles, majority have not reached the goal.

Israel says the targets included weapons storage facilities, logistics centers, intelligence sites and logistic sites used by elite Iranian forces in Syria.

In addition, during the eight-year war in Syria, Israel's military has responded to numerous spillovers of fire from the internal fighting near the disputed border in the Golan Heights by attacking Assad's army positions.

Israel claimed that the Iranian strikes on its territory caused no injuries or damage.

President Donald Trump's announcement yesterday that the United States would withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran has triggered uncertainty and threatened to spark more unrest in the Middle East.

"Ought to there be one other Iranian assault, we can be ready for it", he stated.

The IDF vowed to "continue to operate in a determinate matter in opposition to the Iranian military establishment in Syria". Netanyahu made no mention of the overnight strikes.

Russia's support for the Assad regime in Syria and its relationship with Tehran present worrying possibilities for Israel.

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"It was commanded and ordered by (Quds Force chief General) Qassem Soleimani and it has not achieved its objective", military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters.

Israel's military has been on heightened alert in recent days, fearing an attack from Syria. Such strikes have become more frequent recently. Hours later, Israeli rocket rockets targeted a military base in Kisweh, a commander in the pro-Syrian government regional alliance said.

"Forces belonging to the Iranian Quds Force fired approximately 20 projectiles ... towards the forward line of IDF positions in the Golan Heights", said Israel Defence Forces spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus.

Israel said the Quds Force, the expeditionary wing of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, carried out the attack at around 12.10am on Thursday.

"We hit almost all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria", Mr Lieberman told a security conference.

The Syrian NGO Observatory for Human Rights, which has informants on ground, indicated that a base located west of Homs, in center of country, under control of Shia Lebanese militia of Hezbollah, and anor in Maadamiyat al Sham, west of Damascus and with pre Presence of Iranian forces, were attacked.

They would "think together how we can act correctly in the region, how we can remove the threats that exist in the region in a responsible and reasonable way".

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