Russia has warned Iran of the consequences of attack in Syria

Russia has warned Iran of the consequences of attack in Syria

Russia has warned Iran of the consequences of attack in Syria

Israeli officials have downplayed a link between the USA withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the immediate escalation in tensions, though Israelis in the Golan Heights were ordered to open their bomb shelters at the very moment President Donald Trump made his announcement. "Whatever happens in Syria happens under the command of the Syrians", said analyst Mohammad Marandi, who was part of Iran's negotiation team leading up to the nuclear deal.

Israel struck back with its heaviest air strikes in Syria since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, saying it had attacked almost all of Iran's military infrastructure. "If we get rain, they'll get a flood". "Our reaction was a effect", the Israeli leader said in a video posted on social media.

The timing of the Israeli strikes, two days after Trump's announcement that he was abandoning the nuclear accord, was telling.

The IDF said four rockets were intercepted by the Israeli Iron Dome aerial defence system, while 16 fell short of their targets.

Lebanese soldiers inspect remains of a missile that landed in the southern Lebanese village of Hebarieh.

The Israeli government rarely confirms individual strikes, and the Syrian government and Hezbollah do not always acknowledge when they have been hit. It was not clear if there were Iranian dead.

Iran had been for weeks promising to respond to Israel's early April attack on its T-4 air base outside of Homs, Syria, which resulted in the destruction of a hangar and over a dozen Iranian regime casualties.

Britain supports Israel's right to defend itself against Iranian aggression, Prime Minister Theresa May told her Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call on Thursday.

Iran has numerous strike possibilities and Israel must be on its highest alert for every scenario.

This change was also noticed by the Iranians and the IRGC's Quds Force commander Maj.

Tehran is one of Syrian President Bashar Assad's major backers, alongside Russian Federation, in Syria's bloody seven-year civil war. Pulling out of the JCPOA can be seen as the moment when the United States signalled to Iran that the gloves had come off, but the battle was already brewing.

The Israeli air force conducted airstrikes on Syria for several hours on May 10, claiming that they were attacking Iranian forces purportedly stationed in Syria. Israel has every right to defend itself.

Meanwhile, Theresa May spoke to Mr Netanyahu by phone to express her support and to condemn the Iranian attacks, while reiterating the UK's support for the Iran deal.

This exchange of fire represents a new, stepped-up phase in the escalating Israeli-Iranian standoff in Syria.

But despite the successful Israeli operation, Iran can still recover from the blow.

On Friday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released satellite photos showing the devastation its warplanes wreaked on Iranian bases during Wednesday night's bombing campaign that marked the largest IDF action inside Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Iran has taken advantage of the chaos of Syria's war to build a substantial military infrastructure there. Syria is the thoroughfare by which Iran sends weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia advocates the resolution of the conflict through dialogue. This is a conflict, however, that began when Iran came to Israel's borders to threaten and attack it, and not the other way around. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations share many of Israel's fears about Iran.

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