Syrian state media says Israel attacked just after USA quit Iran deal

Iran planning to launch barrage of missiles against Israel

Iran planning to launch barrage of missiles against Israel

Israel has often reiterated one of its red lines that it will not allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are calling for de-escalation in the Middle East after an alleged Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights prompted Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria.

In a statement issued as Israel's security cabinet met, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the strike sent a "clear message" that "whoever attacks us - we will attack them sevenfold and whoever prepares to attack us - we will act against them first".

The 2015 nuclear deal imposed restrictions on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program in return for the lifting of most of the USA and global sanctions against Tehran. But Samore added that Russian Federation, a leading powerbroker in Syria and key Assad ally, wants to keep things "under control" and avoid "a big war between Israel and Iran" on Syrian territory.

Syria's state news agency SANA said opposition fighters who made a decision to stay in the suburbs of Babila, Beit Sahem and Yalda will hand over the weapons and return to normal life.

Israeli strikes overnight were one of the country's largest aerial operations in decades across the Syrian frontier and by far its broadest direct attack yet on Iranian assets.

Lieberman told the Herzliya Conference, an annual security gathering north of Tel Aviv, that "if it rains on us it will be a flood on them".

Assad spoke in an interview with the Greek Kathimerini newspaper published Thursday, before Israel carried out airstrikes in Syria in response to what it said was a cross-border rocket attack by Iranian forces.

"The main objective of these attacks, supported by the United States, is to divert public opinion from the behavior of the American president (and) his decision to leave the agreement", added Boroujerdi, referring to President Donald Trump's decision this week to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord.

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According to Abdulrahman al-Rashed, former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel, and internationally acclaimed journalist, in his article for Al Arabiya, "If you ask any Syrian or Lebanese woman whose son was killed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, she will not hesitate to pray for victory to Israel and for the loss and defeat of its rivals".

In an interview with Israeli news site YNet, Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said the government's strategy was "to get Iran out of Syria without starting a war".

War is, though, a different probability - and also one for the Israeli public is still being prepared almost hour by hour.

Mayhoub did not say whether Iranian forces or Iran-backed militiamen were among those killed or wounded.

Israeli officials have been warning of Iranian entrenchment on the Golan Heights, an area of key strategic importance for the Jewish state. But Israel and Russian Federation have maintained close communications to prevent their air forces from coming into conflict.

IDF spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus said four rockets were intercepted by the Israeli Iron Dome aerial defence system, while the others fell short of their targets.

Conricus said Israel was not looking to escalate the situation but that troops will continue to be on "very high alert". "We will respond mightily to any attack on our territory".

"Israel has entered a unsafe game", Allaeddine Boroujerdi said during a visit to the Portuguese capital Lisbon. "It means we are on a collision course". Israel responded by attacking anti-aircraft positions in Syria, and an Israeli warplane was shot down during the battle.

The raid struck the area of Kisweh south of Damascus late Tuesday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. Global agencies responsible for inspecting compliance have said that Iran was in full cooperation with the agreement's terms.

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