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Iranians killed in Israeli strikes in Syria, says monitor

15 May 2018

The incoming attack set off air raid sirens in the Golan. Further waves of missiles followed.

With the capture of the three suburbs, the only area outside government control in Damascus is that of the neighborhood of Hajar al-Aswad and the nearby Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk that are partially controlled by the Islamic State group.

"They want to pressure our country by economic isolation", he said, adding that the Europeans were powerless to salvage the deal under which Iran had curtailed its nuclear programme in return for a reduction in sanctions.

The rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia has torn the region apart, playing out on regional battlefields and fanning sectarian flames in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain and Yemen.

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

Israel attacked dozens of suspected Iranian targets in Syria in overnight strikes that it said were in response to an Iranian rocket barrage. An Israeli warplane was shot down during the battle.

The possibility of missile supplies to Assad along with its military foray into Syria itself has helped Moscow boost its Middle East clout. with Putin hosting everyone from Netanyahu to the presidents of Turkey and Iran and the Saudi king.

Khatami, who has echoed sentiments of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei who says Israel will not exist in 25 years, said the Jewish state could face destruction if it continues to challenge Iran.

Analysts say Israel feels it has a green light from Washington to move more aggressively against Iran's presence in Syria, particularly after Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal. Its attacks on Thursday are believed to have also inflicted much damage.

However Iran flatly denied the Israeli model of occasions, saying Israel's assaults had been carried out on false "pretexts".

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Israel will no doubt strike back following any attack on its territory, a scenario that could spiral into a wider conflict that experts say no side is now interested in. Iran rejects Israel's right to exist, considering it an illegitimate occupier of Muslim land, the BBC explained.

Conricus said Israel forewarned Russian Federation of its strikes on Thursday, which Syrian state media first reported hit Baath City in Quneitra, near the border.

Southern Lebanon's rolling hills bordering Israel are another arena of influence for Tehran through its Lebanese proxy, Hizbollah.

Launching a new war could endanger Hizbollah's political support base, including its Shia constituency, which is wary of another ruinous war with Israel.

Israeli officials said this weekend that Israel's response to the Iranian attack has made it clear to Tehran that it does not possess the operational infrastructure it needs in Syria to successfully contend with IDF capabilities, according to a Friday report by Hadashot TV news.

But in the past few weeks, Israel has shifted to a more direct and public confrontation with Iran, striking at Iranian bases, weapons depots and rocket launchers across Syria, and killing Iranian troops.

At the same time, the Kremlin has excluded the connection of the supply of s-300 to Syria with the recent visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Moscow, who had urged President Vladimir Putin not to supply the missiles to Syria. The bellicose threats against Iran coming from Israel and Saudi Arabia may be leading to a misunderstanding.

An American military attack on Iran might, indeed, happen, though not immediately and, if it does occur, it may well be because of a U.S. misunderstanding of the real options available to it.

Mr Qasemi said the attacks were an attempt by global supporters of rebel groups fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to shore them up after their "many failures" and to try to "tip the scales in their favour". Ties with Iran have since somewhat recovered, and Hamas is believed to again get funding from Iran. It said three people were killed and two were wounded.

A day later, on May 14, the United States will open its embassy in Jerusalem.

Iranians killed in Israeli strikes in Syria, says monitor