Israel says Iranians in Syria fired missiles

10 May, 2018, 11:21 | Author: Devin Moran
  • Fox News quoting Western sources said an Iranian military base in Syria was the target of the attack

Lebanon's National News Agency reported Israeli jets circling over Lebanese territory early on Thursday before exiting.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Moscow on Wednesday to meet with President Vladimir Putin and discuss military coordination amid new strikes in Syria blamed on Israel.

"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. "This event is not over".

The announcement came shortly before US President Donald Trump made public his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

"An American announcement that it's withdrawing from the agreement would let Iran drive a wedge between the world powers and gradually loosen worldwide oversight over its nuclear program", Amos Gilad, a retired senior Israeli defense official, told the Haaretz newspaper for a story published this week.

If confirmed, this would be the first rocket attack carried out directly by Iran, rather than by one of its proxies, against Israel.

Israel has been warning for weeks that it will not accept Iran entrenching itself militarily in neighbouring Syria, where Tehran is supporting President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the country's seven-year civil war.

Syrian state television was broadcasting footage of its air defences firing, and playing patriotic songs.

Israel has traded blows with Iranian forces in Syria since February, stirring concern that major escalation could be looming.

There was no immediate comment from Israel, which nearly never confirms or denies airstrikes in Syria.

Another rocket hit an ammunition warehouse while some were brought down south of the city of Homs, state media said.

There have been fears in Israel of Iranian retaliation.

A month ago, an alleged Israel Airstrike also killed 7 Iranian personnel deployed at the Syrian Base.

Bomb shelters in the Golan Heights have been activated and opened by orders of the Israeli Defense Forces following Iranian troop movements in Syria. Iran did not need intercontinental missiles to reach Israel - it needed them to hit the United States. On April 30, Israel was said to have struck government outposts in northern Syria, killing more than a dozen pro-government fighters, many of them Iranians.

Trump said on Tuesday he was withdrawing the United States from the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran, arguing the deal provided Tehran generous sanctions relief without imposing tough enough limits on its nuclear program or other "sinister" activities.

In February, Israel shot down what it said was an armed Iranian drone that entered Israeli airspace.

Israel describes Iran as its biggest threat and Hezbollah as the biggest threat on its borders.


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