Israeli strikes used 28 planes, fired 70 missiles against Syria: Russia

Israeli strikes used 28 planes, fired 70 missiles against Syria: Russia

"The Iranian regime's deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and highly risky development for the entire Middle East", the White House said in a statement on Thursday.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to "throw the Iranians out" of his country.

Iranian forces based in Syria fired 20 rockets at Israeli front-line military positions in the Golan Heights early Thursday, the Israeli military said, triggering a heavy Israeli reprisal and escalating already heightened tensions in what appeared to be the most serious violence in years.

Russia, which is also an ally of Assad, said on Thursday that Syria had shot down more than half of the missiles fired at it overnight by Israel.

"Repeated attacks on Syrian territory constitute a blatant violation of the country's national sovereignty", Iran's Mehr news agency quoted Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as saying.

Iran must tread a delicate line as it seeks to show resolve against Trump and the Israeli strikes without alienating the European partners it needs to salvage something from the nuclear deal. Zarif will meet with his counterparts from Germany, France and the United Kingdom in Brussels on Tuesday.

So far, the E3 - France, Germany, and the United Kingdom - as well as Russian Federation and China have thrown their weights behind the deal in the wake of Trump's decision.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called late Thursday for an immediate halt to "all hostile acts" to avoid "a new conflagration" in the Middle East. "I hope we have finished with this round and that everybody understood".

In Jerusalem, around 200 Jews gathered at the Western Wall for prayers "against the enemy".

"We will not let Iran use Syria as a base to attack us from".

Iran is fighting alongside Assad forces in the civil war.


He added: "We'll put the Iranian genie back in its bottle".

Meanwhile, Israel said that it had struck "almost all" Iranian military infrastructure present in the country. Hezbollah's strong showing in Lebanon's parliamentary election last week will have reinforced Israel's concerns over the expansion of Iranian power.

Israel blamed the Quds forces, a special detachment of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, for being behind the missiles.

"We are in the midst of a protracted battle and our policy is clear: We will not allow Iran to entrench itself militarily in Syria", Netanyahu said.

After long negotiations, Iran agreed in July 2015 to freeze its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of punishing worldwide sanctions.

The IAEA said meanwhile that its chief inspector Tero Varjoranta resigned, without giving a reason for his sudden departure.

Some analysts have begun to predict a full-out war between Israel and Iran, to occur in Syria. "If we get rain, they'll get a flood".

At a rally in IN on Thursday Trump said he still wanted intrusive inspections of Iran's nuclear sites to continue despite his decision to withdraw from the pact.

The third is that Russian Federation, which itself has a large military presence in Syria, will continue to indulge Israel's repeated incursions, preferring diplomatic rebukes to military confrontation.

"The President has been kept regularly updated".

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