Israel Targets Iran's Military in Syria With 'Unprecedented' Strikes


The confrontation came two days after the United States announced its withdrawal, with Israel's encouragement, from a 2015 nuclear accord with Iran.

"A number of rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system", the army said. The explosions were followed by sporadic fire into the early morning hours.

Israel's defense minister says the military struck "nearly all" of Iran's military facilities in Syria.

After the almost 10-hour meeting, the Israeli prime minister reportedly appeared more upbeat, indicating talks with Putin favored Israel's side. I hope we've finished this episode and everyone understood. Israel fired back on Thursday, hitting dozens of Iranian targets in Syria. Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, affirmed "Israel will not tolerate Iranian attacks on our sovereign territory", adding that "the world must be united in the fight against terrorism and that means being united against #Iran and its terror proxies". He also noted that Russian Federation had been informed prior to the attack.

An Israeli soldiers stands on Mount Bental in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on May 10, 2018.

There was no immediate information about casualties in Syria.

Russian Federation is reported to have been informed in advance of the Israeli attack.

The targets included rocket launchers, intelligence posts, military command posts, and weapons depots. But it then went on to strike at most, if not all, of the Iranian installations it knows about in Syria. The IDF released a map showing a list of targets it said it hit.

For Iran's part, the growing convergence between the Arab monarchies, Israel, and the USA - and the rise of American officials with visceral hostility to Tehran - increases the importance of preserving leverage against these adversaries not only in Syria and Lebanon, but also in Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere.

The Trump administration cast its hard line against the Iranian nuclear deal as a response, in part, to Teheran's military interventions in the region. The few that got through caused "minimal damage" according to Israeli military officials. Israel has not commented on the strike. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, of launching the attack at the Israeli Golan Heights.

He added that Russian Federation had warned Israel to avoid "all actions that could be seen as provocative" the day before the strikes, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Moscow for talks with President Vladimir Putin.

The United States also calls on all nations to make clear that the Iranian regime's actions pose a severe threat to global peace and stability, said the White House Press Secretary. In February, Iran launched a drone carrying explosives into Israel from T-4.

A de-escalation zone agreed a year ago for southern Syria was meant to reduce violence, but Israel has not been reassured.

Conricus said Israel was not looking to escalate the situation but that troops will continue to be on "very high alert".

Iran is a Syrian ally, and its military has been supporting President Bashar al-Assad.

Israel regards Iran as its biggest threat, and has repeatedly targeted Iranian forces and allied militia in Syria.

Germany, France and Britain want talks to be held in a broader format on Iran's ballistic missile program and its regional activities - including in Syria and Yemen.

But, he added, "We are not trying to aggravate or create a new front".

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