Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria in response to rocket fire

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria in response to rocket fire

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria in response to rocket fire

The Israeli military says it attacked dozens of Iranian targets in neighboring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights, in the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a army spokesman, referred to as the roughly 20 missiles fired from Iranian forces based mostly in Syria "essentially the most extreme try" by Iran's Al Quds power to assault the nation.

Israel's reported pre-emptive strike on an Iranian missile battery in Syria last night underscores the deepening sense of crisis in the region.

However, the Israeli military stressed that despite Iran's attempts to cover up its involvement, it is clear that Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani signed off on the attack and that Iran responsible for it.

Anticipations of the regional flare-up had been stoked by U.S. President donald-trump's statement on Tuesday he had been withdrawing by your Iranian atomic deal. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit told Israel's Channel 10 News that more than 50 targets were hit in the strike.

Israel captured a section of the Golan, a strategic plateau, from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.

Moscow and Tehran are close allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has presided over a civil war for the past seven years.

Israel has repeatedly warned that it will not accept an Iranian military presence in Syria, which it views as a direct threat to its security.

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

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Four of the rockets were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome antimissile defense system, and the rest fell short of the Israeli-controlled territory, the military said.

"The meetings between us are always important and this one is especially so", Netanyahu said ahead of his departure.

"It was ordered and commanded by Qassem Soleimani and it has not achieved its objective", said Lt Col Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for the Israeli Defence Forces.

It does acknowledge carrying out dozens of raids in Syria to stop what it says are advanced arms deliveries to Iran-backed Hezbollah, another key foe of Israel.

The heightened tension comes in the wake of the announcement by President Donald Trump that the United States would pull out of the worldwide deal with Iran.

Iran is an ally of Mr Assad and has deployed hundreds of troops to Syria.

"They have to understand: if you give us rain, you will get a flood".

On Wednesday, as tensions over President Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal increased, Brent saw its price rise 3%.

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