Israel Strikes Iranian Targets in Syria as Tensions Escalate

Israel Strikes Iranian Targets in Syria as Tensions Escalate

Israel Strikes Iranian Targets in Syria as Tensions Escalate

A war monitor, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the strikes killed at least 23 military personnel, including Syrians and non-Syrians.

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency is reporting that the country's Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned Israel's attack on Iranian targets inside Syria and called it a blatant violation of the country's sovereignty.

Israel carried out the raids after it said around 20 rockets were fired from Syria at its forces in the occupied Golan Heights at around midnight.

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.

Syria's state news agency SANA said opposition fighters who made a decision to stay in the suburbs will hand over the weapons and return to normal life.

He warned that Israel will act forcibly to any response to its attacks.

"We call on Russian Federation to use its influence in Syria to prevent further Iranian attacks".

"The silence of other countries and of worldwide organizations on such aggressive moves by the Zionist regime is the equivalent of giving a green light and encouraging it to continue with its aggressive initiatives", Qasemi said.

He added that Syria has the right to defend itself "against the aggressors".

Guterres urged Tehran and Tel Aviv "to avoid a new conflagration in the region already embroiled in awful conflicts with huge suffering of civilians", his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

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It reiterated that Iran was preparing to resume "industrial-scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" unless Europe provided solid guarantees that it could maintain trade ties despite renewed United States sanctions.

The exchange was the first outbreak of military violence since President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, a move that was strongly encouraged and supported by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"Iran crossed a red line", Netanyahu said.

The Israeli army on Friday published photographs and maps of what it said were the "Iranian targets" it attacked earlier this week in Syria. However, if the Syrian military acts against us, we will act against it.

Israel's defense minister called on Syria's President Bashar Assad on Friday to rid his country of Iranian forces based there - warning their presence will only cause more trouble to the already war-ravaged country.

Israel said it was in retaliation for Iranian rocket fire from the Quneitra area that it launched missile strikes on Iranian military infrastructure in Syria.

In a statement published Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he would embark on a round of worldwide diplomacy to try and save the deal.

"[The statement] also went so far as to suggest that Israel, as part of its strategic depth in Syria, was backing groups like the Islamic State and the al-Nusra front".

He noted that in contacts with the leadership of both countries, including a meeting Wednesday between Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, "we underlined the necessity of avoiding any actions that might be mutually provocative".

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