Israeli raids on 'Iranians' in Syria

Dwayne Harmon
May 11, 2018

It blamed the rocket fire on Iran's Quds force, adding that Israel's anti-missile system intercepted four while the rest did not land in its territory.

Summary: After Iran attacked Golan Heights, Israel claimed it destroyed Iran's military capabilities in Syria. Oil prices rose while Israel's currency and stock markets gained.

No injuries were reported in both incidents. "We must succeed in building our own sovereignty, which in this region, will be the guarantor of stability", he said. The flashpoint for all politics in the Middle East is that Palestinians quite literally are second-class citizens in Israel. The Quds Force, an external arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, carried out the rocket salvo, Israel said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the overnight attacks by Iranian forces and called on Iran to contribute to de-escalation of tensions in the region.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday Israel's airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria were "appropriate" because the Islamic Republic had "crossed a red line" by firing rockets at Israeli-occupied territory for the first time in the most extensive military exchange ever between the two adversaries. It said it was not immediately clear if Iranians were among those killed.

In February, an Israeli F-16 fighter jet was shot down by the Syrian military while targeting what it called Iranian sites responsible for launching a drone into the occupied Golan Heights.

Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said Thursday that Iran had been trying to orchestrate an attack for a month, but Israel thwarted its attempts.

This represented the first direct confrontation between the two arch-enemies after since the beginning of the civil war in Syria in 2011. "I hope we finished this chapter and everyone got the message". "We have no desire to escalate".

"It's unacceptable that Assad sits quietly in his palace and rebuild his regime while allowing Syria to be turned into a base for attacks on Israel", he said.

Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar Assad-and a brutal regime that has devastated the country and its people-notably urged restraint on all sides to prevent further escalation.

Israel launched dozens of strikes on Syria in a massive retaliation on Iran. It was also a rare acknowledgement of an Israeli assault.

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"Our air defense network is spread out across the country in recent weeks, including on the Golan Heights", he said.

What did Russian Federation and White House say?

In a bilateral meeting after the celebrations, Netanyahu said that Israel has the "obligation and right to defend itself against Iranian aggression, from Syrian territory".

Hours later, Israeli rocket rockets targeted a military base in Kisweh, a commander in the pro-Syrian government regional alliance said. "In the next few hours they will understand very well how much we have hit them".

Israel's military later confirmed it had carried out the raids, saying some 70 military and intelligence targets had been struck and all of its aircraft had returned safely.

As such, with Israel reportedly eliminating most of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria in the airstrikes on Thursday, this could further strengthen Russia's concerns as it eliminates a potential future competitor in Syria.

In light of that threat, the Israeli military remained on high alert on Thursday evening.

During the operation, Israeli pilots met heavy anti-aircraft fire by Syrian forces, leading Israel to also destroy five SA22 air defense batteries, the Jerusalem Post reports. "Yesterday, we didn't succeed", he said referring to the 20 missiles fired at Israel.

Although Israeli officials broadcast the message that daily life would not be disrupted by the tensions - schools were open and farms on the Golan were being tended - oil in NY extended gains.

The attack on Israeli forces sparked the furious reaction of MP Yair Lapid, who was furious at the European Union for allegedly "appeasing" Iran to secure a deal on the country's nuclear programme.

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