Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Iran 'fires 20 rockets' at Israel in Golan Heights

Iranian forces in Syria shell Israeli army targets in Golan Heights: Israeli military Israel hits dozens of 'Iranian' targets in Syria
Lillian Steele | 10 May, 2018, 14:06

Israel's military launched a barrage of missile strikes on Iranian targets based in Syria early Thursday morning, a massive retaliation in an ongoing conflict between the two bitter enemies.

Dozens of Israeli missiles hit a radar station, Syrian air defense positions and an ammunition dump, Syrian state media said, underscoring the risks of a wider escalation involving Iran and its regional allies.

"We know that comes from the al-Quds force", army spokesman lieutenant-colonel Jonathan Conricus said, referring to the special forces unit affiliated with Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

The attack took place at roughly 12.10 a.m.

"I want to express a hope that we will manage not just to discuss but also to seek a solution that would lead to a shift in the situation".

Tensions between Israel and Iran had already spilled over in Syria.

Israeli military spokesman Conricus said that the Russians were informed prior to the attack.

In addition, the Iranian missile launcher responsible for the missiles fired on Israeli territory was destroyed.

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.

He said they targeted intelligence, logistics, storage and vehicles as well as the origin of the rockets.

"When the president of Russian Federation invites the prime minister of the state of the Jews to stand alongside him at the parade symbolizing the Red Army's victory over the Nazis, its liberation, also, of the (concentration) camps, of Jews and others - for Russian Federation, that is very significant", Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told the Ynet news site.

Syrian state television was broadcasting footage of its air defences firing, and playing patriotic songs.

Israeli soldiers near the Israeli side of the border with Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. There was no official confirmation.

Lebanon's National News Agency, mentioning Lebanese military Command, reported Israeli jets over Lebanese land early Thursday prior to departing.

Israel describes Iran as its biggest threat and Hezbollah as the biggest threat on its borders.

Israel has been on heightened alert in recent days, anticipating an Iranian attack following Iranian vows to retaliate to what it says are recent Israeli strikes in Syria targeting Iranian outposts.

And on 29 April, a suspected Israeli missile strike on an Iranian missile depot near the city of Hama reportedly killed a number of pro-government fighters.

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

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