Syria Attack Targets Iranian Troops, Kills Nine, War Monitor Says

May 11, 2018, 04:21
Syria Attack Targets Iranian Troops, Kills Nine, War Monitor Says

In February, Israel said it had downed an armed Iranian drone that penetrated its airspace.

The sirens went off shortly after the Syrian state news agency and activists reported rocket fire from Israel into southern Syrian just before midnight Wednesday. Iron Dome shot down some of the rockets.

Iran blamed it for an air strike on 9 April that killed seven of its military personnel in Syria, and vowed revenge.

Conricus said intelligence, logistics, storage and vehicles as well as the origin of the rockets were targeted.

It said some 20 rockets were fired by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, with some intercepted. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, often seen as the face of Iran's regional ambitions.

Syrian air defences fired at two Israeli missiles, destroying both, Syrian state news agency SANA said.

Syrian state media said Israel struck a military outpost on Tuesday near the capital of Damascus. Arab sources claim the IDF hit a Hezbollah position, and that anti-aircraft fire was emanating from Syria.

Opposition figure and former Syrian brigadier Assad al Zogbi said however that the operation was limited to strikes on military targets only and ruled out an all-out war.

"If the enemy casts a covetous eye on our interests or conducts a slight act of aggression, the Islamic Republic will give an appropriate response at an appropriate time", said Iran's military chief, Maj.

Israel considers the presence of Iran-backed fighters in Syria to be an intolerable national security threat and has previously launched airstrikes at Syrian military bases thought to be hosting Iranian fighters.

According to the Haaretz, the alleged Israeli strike was "thwarting a potential Iranian attack".

Israel has long abandoned diplomacy with Iran and its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, lauded Trump's decision to pull out of the nuclear deal.

The military directive Tuesday came "following the identification of irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria".

"To those arguing that the documents did not prove any Iranian violation of the accord since it came into effect in 2016, Mr. Netanyahu said that was missing the point". Israel's military announced that its forces are now on "high alert" in the northern part of the country, where bomb shelters in the Golan Heights have been opened up.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus says Israel views the incident "with severity" and has responded. They are trying to transfer forces and deadly weapons there with the explicit goal of attacking the State of Israel. "Israel absolutely has a sovereign right to defend itself and we support them in whatever efforts they have in order to defend themselves".

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