JERUSALEM | Israel calls on Syria's Assad to 'get rid' of Iranian forces

13 May, 2018, 09:25 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Israel announced it had ordered troops in the Golan Heights to ready bomb shelters deploy new defences and mobilise forces

China responds to Israel's recent airstrikes on Iranian assets in Syria by calling on all parties concerned to exercise restraint, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a briefing on Friday.

In a statement issued as Israel's security cabinet met, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the strike sent a "clear message" that "whoever attacks us - we will attack them sevenfold and whoever prepares to attack us - we will act against them first".

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.

"Decisions on the Iranian side took longer than expected, global banks were reluctant to work with Iran and the recent decline in the value of (Iran´s currency) made worldwide business even more hard", she said. Syria's foreign ministry said Israel's attacks are the "start of a new phase of aggression" against Syria and will do nothing but "increase tensions in the region".

"The holy system of the Islamic Republic will step up its missile capabilities day by day so that Israel, this occupying regime, will become sleepless and the nightmare will constantly haunt it that if it does anything foolish, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground", he said, according to state television. It also said it destroyed several Syrian air-defense systems after coming under heavy fire and that none of its warplanes were hit.

A report in The Jerusalem Post says "Israel struck 50 Iranian targets in Syria after 20 rockets were fired towards Israel". Israel said Iran has been deploying its allied militias in the area.

But given the enormous military buildup over the past two years by Iran in Syria, Lebanon, and in Gaza - resulting in Iranian-backed forces and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards now bracketing Israel on all three sides - Israel's leaders have been taking such warnings seriously. In retaliation to the attacks on Iran's military systems in Syria, prominent Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami threatened attack on two of Israel's most important cities if the Jewish nation continued on its "foolish" ways.


A wave of Israeli strikes on suspected military positions in Syria this week killed 42 people, including at least 19 Iranians, a Syria war monitor reported Saturday.

Al-Khalifa copied claims made by Israeli authorities, praising the attack as a response to an Iranian rocket attack from the Syrian territory against Israeli military bases in the occupied Golan Heights.

Israeli missiles were fired late on Tuesday at a target outside the capital, Damascus, Syria's state-run Sana news service said.

Russian Federation sent forces to Syria to back President Bashar Assad in 2015.

"Should there be another Iranian attack, we will be prepared for it", he said.

Iran could directly attack Israel or alternatively activate its proxy Hezbollah.

President Donald Trump explicitly referred to Israel's intelligence scoop when he declared that the United States was pulling out of the Iranian nuclear deal.

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