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Iran: Israeli missile strikes on Syria 'blatant violation' of sovereignty

13 May 2018, 01:13 | Bernice Figueroa

Fox News quoting Western sources said an Iranian military base in Syria was the target of the attack

Fox News quoting Western sources said an Iranian military base in Syria was the target of the attack

"The Syrian army intercepted tens of incoming Israeli missiles and reciprocated the assault with a barrage of rocket attacks on military centers in occupied Golan, the first such response in decades", reads a report in Fars news agency.

The retaliatory strikes came after the Israeli military says Iranian forces fired 20 rockets toward Israeli military posts near the Syrian border, but that none hit their mark, according to NPR's Daniel Estrin, who reports from Jerusalem.

It was a furious response to what Israel called an Iranian rocket attack launched from Syrian territory just hours earlier.

Donald Trump has repeatedly hit out at the Iran deal, claiming it fails to tackle Iran's ballistic nuclear programme or stop them from developing their nuclear weapons.

"The Israeli military said Thursday it hit almost all of Iran's military installations in Syria in response to the overnight Iranian rocket barrage that targeted Israeli front-line military positions in the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau that Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war".

Iran made no comment about the rocket fire. The broadcaster also described the Israeli attack as "unprecedented" since the 1967 Mideast war.

Conricus said the Israeli army will maintain a high-level alert in the Golan Heights.

Iran and Israel were already drawing deeper into confrontation before Trump pulled the United States out of the deal, but his move has shaken up the region. The IDF also said that it targeted a number of Syrian air-defense systems as well that had fired on Israeli planes.

Tehran, for its part, has yet to officially react to the strikes. It was not immediately clear if any Iranians were among the dead.

In the largest operation in Syria since the signing of disengagement agreement in 1974, Israel on Thursday said it has struck nearly all of the Iranian infrastructure on Syrian soil during the overnight raids in retaliation to a barrage of rocket fire on its territory by Iran.

Israel has long warned it will not accept Iran entrenching itself militarily in Syria.

The Israelis fear that Iran and its Lebanese guerrilla ally Hezbollah are turning Syria into a new front against them.

Opposition fighters and their families left Babila, Beit Sahem and Yalda, three southern suburbs that were held by rebels for years, Syrian state media and a war monitor said.

Ahmad Khatami, leader of the Friday Prayer, vowed Iran would turn "Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust" if attacked by Israel.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Braham Ghasemi added that Damascus has the legitimate right to respond to what it said were repeated violations of the country's sovereignty. "They are determined to do it, and we are determined to prevent it".

But Israel may be ready for that as well, as Israeli reporter Barak Ravid quoted Israel's defense minister as saying, "If it rains in Israel, it will pour in Iran".

For years, Iran's clerical regime has chanted "Death to Israel" and supported Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas on Israel's borders in Gaza and the West Bank, which the United States designates as terror organizations. Siren alerts were sounded soon around midnight in the north and centre of the Golan Heights in northern Israel.

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