Israel says hit 'nearly all Iran infrastructure in Syria'

Hannah Rogers
May 11, 2018

Lieberman called the rocket fire "a new phase". "The US supports them and will support any action aimed at self-defense".

The exchange of fire came after weeks of rising tensions and followed US President Donald Trump's decision Tuesday to withdraw from the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal, a move Israel had long advocated.

There was an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) air strike on an underground missile depot where the explosion was so large it registered on earthquake-monitoring systems.

Hours later, Israeli rocket rockets targeted a military base in Kisweh, a commander in the pro-Syrian government regional alliance said. In an hour after opting-out of the agreement, Israel launched an air attack on Syrian military outpost near the capital of Damascus.

It was nearly certainly in retaliation for that episode - and other Israeli attacks in April - that Iran's Quds force, an elite unit of the Revolutionary Guards, sent rocket fire in Israel's direction on Wednesday night.

The Israelis also attacked two elite army divisions loyal to the Assad regime, the 4th Armored Division, the Republican Guard, and 60th Brigade and hit Kesweh, a high security area that houses key regime and Iranian intelligence units. They fears growing Iranian influence in the region - not just to their north in Syria and Iraq, but over their southern border in Yemen.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Washington condemns Iran's attacks, which she said targeted Israeli citizens, and voiced strong support for "Israel's right to act in self-defense".

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Five of the 23 were Syrian fighters loyal to the Assad regime, at least one of whom was an officer, while the rest were Syrians and foreigners.

There had been no comment from Iranian officials.

Iranian state television announced the Israeli strikes, sourcing the information to Syria's state-run SANA news agency, and described the Israeli attack as "unprecedented".

Lieberman said Israel hit "almost all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria". "I want to hope that we will be able not only to discuss with you, but also to look for solutions that would soften the situation", said Putin. The attacks were reportedly carried out by 28 warplanes firing 70 missiles at their targets. But Israel and Russian Federation have maintained close communications to prevent their air forces from coming into conflict. "Certainly, it is Israel's right to take such steps as necessary to defend itself against this aggression".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran had "crossed a red line" and that the resulting bombardment "was a consequence".

Russian Federation and Israel coordinate their actions within Syria for the goal of deconfliction.

The statement also called for other nations "to make clear that the Iranian regime's actions pose a severe threat to global peace and stability". "They are determined to do it and we are determined to prevent it".

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