Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Israel Intercepts Dozens of Missiles Fired by Iran from Syria

Assad labels Trump's Syria policy as inconsistent, hopes US and Russia don't come to blows Macron urges 'de-escalation' between Israel, Iran
Glenn Montgomery | 11 May, 2018, 04:28

Israeli Defense Force said its fighter jets struck dozens of Iranian military targets in Syria early Thursday in response to the rocket attack. Israel claims to have prevented any harm to its infrastructure from missile fire.

In short, the gloves in a potential Israel-Iran confrontation are coming off. However Israel and Iran remain on a collision course. He said that such efforts have included trying to transfer arms to Hezbollah, recent attempts by the terrorist group to move explosives from Iraq into Kuwait, and efforts over the last six months to set up a new Hezbollah front against Israel on the Golan Heights. It was not immediately clear what was hit.

In uncharacteristic fashion, Israel took responsibility for the airstrikes, some 50 attacks against Iranian targets, including intelligence centers, weapons depots, storage facilities, observation posts and logistics centers in Syria, as well as the rocket launcher that carried out the missile attacks. The Israeli military didn't confirm the strike, as it has a policy against commenting on Syrian airstrikes.

Its army said three people had been killed.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Thursday morning that most of Iran's infrastructure in Syria was hit and that he hopes this chapter of "Iranian radicalism" is over. "The Iranian regime's deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and highly unsafe development for the entire Middle East", the White House said in a statement.

Russian Federation and Israel coordinate their actions within Syria for the objective of deconfliction.

Israel says that it's done with strikes on Iran - for now. It said half the missiles were shot down.

"The Iranians are determined to build their hostile presence, and we are determined to prevent it", he said.

A French foreign ministry spokesman warned Tehran "against any temptation for regional dominance", a matter that French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian would address in talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif next week.

"I repeat: Whoever harms us - we will harm him many times over, and whoever prepares to harm us - we will act to harm him first".

In a statement the Israeli army said the "wide-scale (was) attack against the Iranian establishment in Syria". Israel officially annexed the Golan Heights in 1981 in a move never recognized by the worldwide community. In 1974, Israel and Syria reached a cease-fire and a disengagement deal that froze the conflict lines with the plateau in Israeli hands.

Iranian forces are in Syria along with Iran-backed Shi'ite militias and Russian troops to support President Bashar al-Assad in the country's civil war. But it also emphasizes the diminishing USA influence in Syria - and the region in general. No one on the Israeli side was reported to have been injured.

Israel carried out the raids after it said 20 rockets, either Fajr or Grad type, were fired from Syria at its forces in the occupied Golan Heights at about midnight.

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