Israel hits dozens of 'Iranian' targets in Syria after rocket fire

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov

Whilst most of the rockets landed in Syrian territory, Israel's Iron Dome defence system destroyed four of the missiles that crossed into Israel.

Israeli warplanes hit the rocket launcher that fired the barrage at its troops as well as dozens of other targets in Syria, including Iranian military and intelligence sites.

One Israeli news outlet claimed that the United States would be willing to become directly involved in a military conflict that threatened Israel.

All night, drones buzzed overhead, heard but not seen in the darkness.

Israel's military said around 20 rockets were fired by Iran's Quds Force, according to a Haaretz article, adding that some of the rockets were intercepted.

"The IDF will not allow the Iranian threat to establish itself in Syria". If we get rain, they'll get a flood.

Israel launched several rounds of rocket fire into Syria in response, according to Syrian state media. The Syrian state news agency reported that the country's air defenses responded to at least two waves of Israeli missile attacks after the strike against the Israeli positions.

Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters the Iranian attack was "commanded and ordered by (Quds Force chief General) Qassem Soleimani and it has not achieved its purpose".

Israel has carried out more than a hundred airstrikes in Syria on Iranian and Hezbollah targets since the Syrian war started, but they are rarely confirmed officially.

I blogged in April that while everyone talks about Russia, Syria, and America, the real story about Syria concerned Iran and Israel.

Germany's chancellor, like Macron, supports the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that U.S. President Donald Trump's signalled this week he would withdraw from, a decision generally supported by Israel.

"We don't want an escalation, but won't let anyone attack us or build an infrastructure to attack us in the future", he said. Israel has not commented on the strike.

Last night's flare-up also came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned from a visit to Moscow where he discussed Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It was the "largest such operation (by Israel) against Iranian targets", it added.

"The situation, unfortunately, is very acute. I hope that we ended this chapter and that everyone understood".

Russian Federation also responded expressing its concerns over the growing military tensions between Israel and Iran.

As dawn broke Thursday morning, the sounds of conflict had dissipated, though it remained unclear whether these two sworn enemies would continue fighting, or if the tit-for-tat had ended.

Lieberman said Israel was not seeking escalation on the Syrian front.

On May 10, representatives of the Israeli army said that the positions of its army on Golan Hiehgts were attacked.

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