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28 Israeli jets fired about 60 rockets in overnight strikes on Syria – Russian MoD

Israel-Syria cross-border strikes reported in occupied Golan Heights
Strikes have been reported across the border between the Israeli-occupied and the Syrian portions of the Golan Heights. Syrian media says Israeli shells hit its territory, while Israel reports it was targeted by Iranian missiles.

The shells were fired from the Israeli-controlled area towards the city of Baath in northern Quneitra, Syria’s state SANA news agency reported. There have been no reports of injuries as a result of the attack, it said.

Within minutes of the reported shelling, the Israeli military said that sirens were heard in the occupied Golan Heights, without providing any details as to what triggered the alert.

“The details are being looked into and will be given shortly,” the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) wrote on Twitter.

It is unclear so far which of the incidents came first.

Israeli media reported that the sirens might have been activated as the Iron Dome missile defense system was deployed to shoot down incoming projectiles. There have also been unconfirmed reports of explosions on the Israeli side.

Footage posted by The Jerusalem Post military correspondent Anna Ahronheim on Twitter shows sirens going off in the village of Majdal Shams, north of the Golan Heights.

Israeli media, citing the army, reported that its missile defense shield repelled an attack allegedly staged by Iran’s Quds Force, during which some 20 missiles were launched into the Israeli-controlled territory. The military said that some of the projectiles were shot down. The army says there were no injuries.

Meanwhile, the Golan Regional Council urged residents to stay in shelters, saying that the area has come under rocket fire, Haaretz reported.

The Israeli Air Force tweeted that it views the alleged attack by Iranian forces “with severity” and announced there would be "more to follow."

The reported showdown comes just a day after Israeli forces struck a Syrian army position in the south of Damascus. Israeli warplanes were reportedly spotted in Lebanese airspace in the run-up to the attack. Rebel-linked sources reported that the strike was aimed at an Iranian military installation and resulted in the death of several Iranian servicemen. However, according to SANA, the attack, which came on the heels of US President Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran, caused no casualties.

Israeli bombardment in Syria killed 3, injured 2 – state media
Three people have been killed and two wounded in an attack by Israeli forces against Iranian targets in Syria. Israeli strikes destroyed a radar station and an arms warehouse and damaged air defense units, Sana reports.

Syrian air defense systems intercepted most of the rockets launched by Israel at dawn, according to Syrian army command cited by Sana. Israel's direct action indicates “a new stage of aggression against Syria,” the agency reported, citing a source in the Syrian Foreign Ministry.

Early on Thursday, Israeli forces launched a barrage of rockets at Syrian territory, saying that it was aimed at Iranian targets in the country. Tel-Aviv blames Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp’s Quds Forces of attacking its positions in the Golan Heights and in response carried out the massive overnight attack.

The incident at the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights was observed by the Russian military and is being evaluated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday.

Iran will take long time to recover after Israel hit ‘dozens’ of targets in Syria – IDF
Israel has carried out what it calls one of the most extensive military operations in years against dozens of “Iranian” targets in Syria. Tehran will need “a lot of time” to recover from the massive attack, according to the IDF.

Iran paid a “heavy price” with multiple Israeli airstrikes against what Tel-Aviv says were targets belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp’s Quds Force, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said on Thursday. The overnight strikes came in response to an attack aimed at Israeli targets in the Golan Heights, which Tel-Aviv attributes directly to the Iranian forces. The alleged Iranian attack resulted in no casualties or damage to Israeli infrastructure, as no rockets hit Israeli-held territory.

“Iran will need a lot of time and resources to rehabilitate its operational, military and intelligence infrastructures we hit tonight,” an IDF spokesman said, according to Ynet, warning that “any other attempt” to hurt Israel will “pay even more.”

A map of the military targets provided by the Israeli army shows multiple sites near Damascus and also near the Syria-Israel border. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman claims “all the Iranian infrastructure” in the Arab republic was hit.

While claiming that Tel-Aviv is not seeking further escalation, the IDF says that “the Syrian regime will be held accountable for everything happening in its territory,” and has warned against any retaliatory attack.

“They must understand that if it rains here, it will pour there,” Lieberman said at the Herzliya security conference near Tel Aviv several hours after the operation. He added that Israeli forces remain on high alert, but hopes this “chapter” is finished.

The overnight assault on the Syrian territory was one of the largest in recent years, according to the IDF statement. It said that Israeli jets hit intelligence sites and arms depots, among other military targets allegedly operated by the Iranian forces. Syrian state media earlier said that a Syrian radar was hit in the attack, while “tens” of incoming missiles were shot down.

The attack may be the largest since 1974, when Israel and Syria signed a disengagement agreement that ended the 1973 Arab-Israeli War (The Yom Kippur War), according to Haaretz, which cited an unnamed source in the Israeli security establishment.

28 Israeli jets fired about 60 rockets in overnight strikes on Syria – Russian MoD
Some 28 Israeli aircraft fired around 60 air-to-surface rockets in a massive overnight strike in Syria, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. Syrian air-defense systems managed to intercept more than half of the missiles.

A total of 70 projectiles, including 60 air-to-surface rockets and more than 10 surface-to-surface missiles, hit Iranian military targets and Syrian air-defense systems near Damascus and in the south of the country on Thursday morning, the Russian military said in a statement.

“28 Israeli F-15 and F-16 planes were involved in the attack,” the ministry said. “Syrian air-defense systems shot down more than half of the rockets as they repelled the Israeli attack.”

Israeli forces bombed the Syrian territory for two hours between 1:45am and 3:45am local time on Thursday. The attack was carried out under the pretext of allegations that Iranian forces had earlier hit Israeli targets in the Golan Heights.

The damage inflicted on Iranian military and Syrian civilian infrastructure by the airstrikes is being evaluated.

Earlier, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said that all its aircraft had safely returned after one of its most extensive attacks in years. Tel-Aviv claims that it was carried out in retaliation to 20 rockets launched at Israeli targets in the Golan Heights by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp’s Quds Force.

“Four of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome and the rest landed on Syrian territory,” the IDF said, according to Ynet, adding that the incident had resulted in no damage or casualties.

The allegations were denied by a member of the Iranian parliament's commission, Abolfazl Hassan Beigi, who accused Israel of “lying,” as Iran has “no military presence” or bases in Syria, Sputnik reports.

Saudi Arabia threatens to build own nukes if Iran does
US ally Saudi Arabia has reiterated that it will build a nuclear bomb if its regional enemy Iran ramps up development of a weapons program. The country welcomed Washington ditching the nuclear deal with Tehran.

“We have made it very clear that if Iran acquires a nuclear capability we will do everything we can to do the same,” Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said.

“I believe that if Iran restarts its nuclear weapons program, beyond what it has right now, that should trigger the snapback provisions and cause all the other P5 countries to abandon the deal and re-impose sanctions on Iran.”

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump decided to stop upholding his end of the Iran nuclear deal, an agreement that lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran’s nuclear cooperation. The International Atomic Energy Agency, an international watchdog monitoring nuclear developments, had stated that Iran has been keeping its side of the bargain and complying with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Speaking to CNN, the high ranking Saudi official doubled down on a threat made by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman earlier this year. The country is currently building a nuclear power program for energy purposes, although al-Jubeir indicated that it could be expanded to include an arsenal of weapons.

“We support and welcome the withdrawal of the United States from Iran nuclear deal, support the decision to reinstating economic sanctions on Iran, and continue to work with our partners to address the dangers,” he said.

Tensions in the Gulf are already high. In March, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman branded Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the “new Hitler.”

Last November, Israeli Minister Yuval Steinitz revealed that fears over Iran had led to a softening of relations between his nation and Saudi Arabia. The countries currently have no official diplomatic links following the Arab-Israeli conflict in 1967.

Both have spoken out against the 2015 nuclear deal, and, prior to the US decision, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a televised presentation claiming Iran had secretly hidden “incriminating” files on developing nuclear weapons.
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