Israel hits "dozens" of Iranian targets in Syria after Golan Heights attack

10 May, 2018, 14:02 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Fox News quoting Western sources said an Iranian military base in Syria was the target of the attack

President Donald Trump's announcement on Tuesday to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal has additionally precipitated tensions to rise.

The attack on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, just past midnight, marked the first time Iranian forces have hit Israel from Syria, where they have deployed along with Iran-backed Shia militias and Russian troops to support President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war. In Syria, where the United States has sought, in collaboration with Islamist "rebels", to overthrow the pro-Iranian Assad regime for over seven years, killing hundreds of thousands of Syrians in the process, American forces are focused on thwarting attempts by Iran to open up a land bridge from Tehran to Damascus. The assault prompted an extensive Israel Air Force (IAF) attack on dozens of Iranian targets in Syria.

Asked whether Israel had attacked around Damascus or communications there, an Israeli army spokeswoman said: "I have zero comment on that in the time".

The official SANA news agency added that "dozens of missiles were shot down by anti-aircraft systems in Syrian airspace", saying a number of missiles had reached their targets.

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He said they targeted intelligence, logistics, storage and vehicles as well as the origin of the rockets.

Syrian state media reported Israeli missile attacks targeting Baath City in Quneitra, near the border.

He said that Israel does not seek escalation but its forces were "prepared for any scenario".

Iran has said it will resume uranium enrichment - which can be used to generate electricity as well as for military purposes - if the other partners pull out too.

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Iran has expanded its influence far beyond its borders in recent years, sponsoring an army of tens of thousands of Shiite militiamen spread across Iraq and Syria, all the way to Lebanon. "The Syrian regime will be held accountable for everything happening in its territory". But for months, it has repeatedly said it will not accept a permanent Iranian military presence in Syria.

Netanyahu thanked Putin for referring to the Holocaust in his parade speech, likening the Nazi extermination campaign to Iran's attitude to Israel.

Israel had been preparing itself for weeks for possible Iranian retaliation.

On Wednesday, a powerful Iraqi paramilitary group with links to Iran said Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal would "ignite the region".

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Also on Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, a move that has triggered uncertainty and threatened to spark more unrest in the Middle East.

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