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

11 May, 2018, 01:03 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Israel hits dozens of 'Iranian' targets in Syria after rocket fire

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has claimed that Israel has destroyed "almost all" of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria in response to rocket attacks on the occupied Golan Heights.

Russian Federation has placed significant forces in Syria and backs Syrian President Basher al-Assad's regime.

Iran has made no comment about the rocket fire.

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

In her speech, Merkel urged the European Union to improve its foreign and defence policy, arguing that Europe could no longer fully rely on the United States to protect it. "Let's face it, Europe is still in its infancy with regard to the common foreign policy", she said.

"The Syrian air defences are confronting a new wave of Israeli aggression rockets and downing them one after the other", state news agency SANA reported.

"If we get rain, you will get a flood", he warned.

"The deal would have allowed Iran to enrich enough uranium for an entire arsenal of nuclear bombs", he said following Trump's announcement.

British Prime Minister Theresa May also denounced Iran's actions and called "for calm on all sides", urging Russian Federation to "use its influence in Syria to prevent further Iranian attacks". "We assess it will take substantial time to replenish".

The White House condemned Iran's "provocative rocket attacks from Syria against Israeli citizens" and expressed strong support for "Israel's right to act in self-defense". "I hope that we have finished this chapter and that everyone got the message".

Lieberman called the rocket fire "a new phase". "We must succeed in building our own sovereignty, which in this region, will be the guarantor of stability", he said.

All eyes are on the volatile border area to see whether Iran will retaliate, either directly or through Hezbollah, its powerful Lebanese ally that is also fighting in Syria. It was the biggest Israeli strike in Syria since the 1973 war.

Israel's military launched a barrage of missile strikes on Iranian targets based in Syria early Thursday morning, a massive retaliation in an ongoing conflict between the two bitter enemies.

The Israeli military accused the Revolutionary Guards' Al Quds force and its commander, Maj.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said Israel's strikes killed at least 23 people, including five Syrian soldiers. However, Israel has not yet confirmed that it carried out the attack.

According to the ministry, "the Iranian armed units' deployment sites as well as the positions of the Syrian army's air defense units near Damascus and in southern Syria came under attack".

Further waves of missiles followed. A video shared on social media appeared to show rockets making their way from Syria toward Israel.

A radar station and an ammunition depot were destroyed, while a number of air defence facilities were damaged, it added.



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