Israel launches major strike on Iranian targets in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin right meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin right meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow

Israel claimed that the Iranian strikes on its territory caused no injuries or damage.

In a separate statement, the Israeli army claimed its fighter jets had struck some 50 military targets associated with Iran's Quds Force inside Syrian territory.

"The Iranians are determined to build their hostile presence, and we are determined to prevent it", he said. "I hope we finished this chapter and everyone got the message".

The airstrikes were in response to what they said was an Iranian rocket attack on the Israeli-occupied Golan heights.

The attacks followed a wave of overnight missile strikes directed at Israeli territory - all of them apparently intercepted - that Israel blamed on Iran. The Israelis wasted no time firing back.

"Targets belonging to the al-Quds Force and the Revolutionary Guard throughout Syria have taken a significant hit", said army spokesman Menalis.

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The attack, if confirmed, would mark the first time Iran has fired rockets in a direct strike on Israeli forces. Israel opened bomb shelters in the Golan Heights, but did not instruct people to enter the shelters. Later, in the early hours of the morning, explosions were heard in Damascus, while live images were broadcast on television showing projectiles above the capital and several missiles destroyed by anti-aircraft systems.

Dozens of Israeli missiles hit a radar station, Syrian air defence positions and an ammunition dump, Syrian state media said, underscoring the risks of a wider escalation involving Iran and its regional allies.

The air force officer told reporters that Thursday's air raids were coordinated with Russian Federation and the United States.

The relationship between Israel and Iran regime is full of tension and has been for years. "After the first Israeli bombardment on the town of Baath, dozens of rockets were launched from Quneitra and the southwest of the adjacent Damascus countryside on the occupied part of the Golan Heights", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "We will sweep them into the sea".

But Abolfazl Hassan Beige, a member of Iran's parliamentary national security committee, accused Israel of "lying" about the strikes, denying any Iranian involvement in Wednesday's alleged missile attack in the Golan Heights.

In the past, Israel has rarely commented on its military activity in Syria where it is believed to have conducted multiple sets of airstrikes against Iranian forces.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson condemned Iran's attacks, urged Iran to refrain from further actions that could destabilize the region, and called on Russian Federation to pressure Syria to work toward a broader political settlement.

Israel was founded in 1948, and immediately found itself at war with Egypt, Syria, Transjordan, Iraq, Yemen, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu also said in remarks early this week that the IRGC has moved advanced weapons into Syria.

In a fiery letter also addressed to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Danon stated that "Israel holds the government of Iran, together with the Syrian regime, directly responsible for this attack and we will continue to defend our citizens vigorously against all acts of aggression".

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.

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Tension between Israel and Iran are building as the Jewish State ramps up military operations on the border with Syria.

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