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Israel Defense Forces Say Iran Launched Missiles At The Golan Heights

10 May 2018

There have also been unconfirmed reports of explosions on the Israeli side.

The strikes are the country's most significant military action in neighbouring Syria since the war started in 2011.

"This event is not over", he said. It said defense systems have been deployed. There are no immediate reports of airstrikes.

On Tuesday, an airstrike widely attributed to Israel reportedly killed eight Iranian soldiers after Israel said it had detected unusual Iranian troop movements across the border and had intelligence about a possible attack from Syrian soil. As British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson noted last week, "The Iran nuclear deal is not based on trust about Iran's intentions; rather it is based on tough verification".

The difference, he said, is that today Jews have a state.

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Israel's military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said earlier that Israel had retaliated for an attack on its outposts in the strategic Golan Heights plateau.

Occasional clashes have erupted between Israel and the Syrian regime and its Hezbollah ally within the Golan Heights, occupied by Israel since 1967. Al-Ikhbariya TV said missiles targeted 10 Israeli positions.

The Israeli army says air raid sirens have sounded in the Golan Heights.

Arab and Israeli media later reported IAF warplanes had launched a preemptive strike on the Iranian al-Kiswah base south of Damascus.

But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, said the missiles hit an Iranian weapons depot, killing 15 pro-government fighters. They are trying to transfer forces and deadly weapons there with the explicit goal of attacking the State of Israel. The Israelis targeted Iranian missiles aimed at Israel. As that war winds down, and Assad appears to be headed toward victory, Israel fears that Iran, along with tens of thousands of Iranian-backed Shiite militiamen, will carry out attacks against Israel.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a televised address after Trump's announcement, lauding the USA president's hard tack on Iran and alluding to the tensions over Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had lobbied against the Iran agreement, is set to meet Putin later in the Kremlin. "The meetings between us are always important and this one is especially so", Netanyahu said before departing. We may also see offensive measures to push back from the Iranians, and the most likely place for any such move is Syria.

Meanwhile, moments before Trump's decision was announced, the IDF told the local authorities in northern Israel to open their civilian bomb shelters after detecting "suspicious activity" of Iranian forces in Syria.

Israeli officials have repeatedly underlined that they will not allow the Revolutionary Guards to use Syria to threaten Israel.

Both the U.S. and Russian Federation (which the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting on Wednesday) have a crucial role in determining both the context and scope of any conflict; of determining whether it will be more or less likely. Which means, that in the near future, the USA, the Europeans and other parties involved in the geo-political game of the Middle East will be left with a hard choice: Military action against Iran and its proxies, or living with a nuclear-armed hegemonic Iran.

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The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted several rockets and the others failed to reach Israeli territory, he said. Russia's support for the Assad regime in Syria and its relationship with Tehran present worrying possibilities for Israel.

Israel Defense Forces Say Iran Launched Missiles At The Golan Heights