Netanyahu: Israel Will 'Defend' Itself Against Iran's Moves In Syria

Blanche Robertson
May 10, 2018

Social media users report that Israeli tanks have fired at positions in Syria, Israeli air sorties have been initiated, and that Syrian artillery is shelling Israeli targets. A longtime enemy of Iran, Israel is supported by Washington in the decision. Ynet reported that several cities in the north of Israel also readied bomb shelters, though the army hadn't instructed them to.

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

The agency had earlier reported "explosions" in the southern suburb, while state television broadcast images of fires in the area targeted by the strikes.

On Tuesday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he "fully supports" the United States' withdrawal from a multinational nuclear deal with Iran.

Israeli missiles left up to 14 fighters dead, including seven Iranians, in Homs last month, two days after the Syrian regime carried out an alleged chemical attack in Douma.

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An F-16 fighter jet takes off from Ramat David air force base.

"The IDF has detected irregular Iranian activity in Syria and is preparing the civilian population on the Golan Heights accordingly, as well as defensive systems", the IDF said Tuesday night. Israel has refused to confirm or deny that it was behind the attacks, though a senior official who briefed foreign journalists Sunday strongly suggested that it was.

The facility in Kissweh "presumably" belongs to Hizballah and Iran, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syria accused Israel of launching an airstrike against a military installation near Damascus overnight in which eight Iranians were allegedly killed, Ynet reported Wednesday.

An official with the Iran-led regional alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad said the strike targeted a Syrian army position but killed a Syrian man and his wife passing by in their auto.

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