Iranians Killed in Israeli Attack near Damascus

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Syria's state news agency SANA quoted a Syrian military official as saying Israeli missiles hit air defense positions, radar stations and a weapons warehouse, but claiming most incoming rockets were intercepted.

Some reports suggest that an earlier Israeli air strike already destroyed Iranian air defences deployed to Syria. But it seemed to carefully calibrate its response by targeting the Golan Heights, which Israel annexed in 1981 in a move that is not internationally recognized, instead of striking Israel proper.

"[There are] a variety of groups that could possibly strike Israel on its behalf, such as one of the many new "Syrian Hezbollah" groups integrated into the registers of the Syrian armed forces, or one of the Iraqi groups that emerged during the war, like Harakat al-Nujaba and its 'Golan Liberation Brigade'".

On Twitter, Lieberman said he had spoken to his U.S. counterpart James Mattis and "updated him on regional developments". As an example, the two adversaries have been participated in a bloody and overt battle in Syria, where Mr. Netanyahu states Iran is bent upon demonstrating an offensive threat to Israel with drones, precision-guided missiles and Shiite militia members below hierarchical direction.

Israeli officials have been warning of Iranian entrenchment on the Golan Heights, an area of key strategic importance for the Jewish state. It says Israel also fired over 10 tactical surface-to-surface missiles. "We want the Iranians to be forced into making the decision to strategically retreat from Syria", Katz said.

Israel said it had attacked almost all of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria in response to the attack, which marked the first time Iranian forces have fired at Israeli-held territory.

He noted that in contacts with the leadership of both countries, including a meeting Wednesday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "we underlined the necessity of avoiding any actions that might be mutually provocative".

Opposition fighters and their families left Babila, Beit Sahem and Yalda, three southern suburbs that were held by rebels for years, Syrian state media and a war monitor said. President Donald Trump's announcement Tuesday that the US was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran has triggered uncertainty and threatened to spark more unrest in the Middle East. The intent: both to set-back the development of Iran's military infrastructure in the country, but also clearly to send a powerful signal to Tehran.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Iran must refrain from "further actions that will only lead to increased instability", and called on Russian Federation to press the Syrian government to work for a broader political statement.

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. Israel accuses Tehran of seeking to establish a foothold on its doorstep, something it has vowed never to allow.

Since the start of Syria's civil war in 2011, Israel has repeatedly targeted positions of the Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement backing it inside the country. "They are determined to do it and we are determined to prevent it".

Late Tuesday, Syrian state media said Israel struck a military outpost near the capital of Damascus.

Last month, an attack on Syria's T4 air base in Homs province killed seven Iranian military personnel.

Conricus said Israel was not looking to escalate the situation but that troops will continue to be on "very high alert".

Israel anxious installation of the defense systems could upset the balance of power in Syria and could make Israeli aircraft penetration more hard.

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