Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Israeli Military Publishes Footage of Strike on Syrian Aerial Defense System

Israeli Military Publishes Footage of Strike on Syrian Aerial Defense System

The Israel Defense Forces said that it suffered no casualties, either on the ground or in the air, and that no rockets fired from Syria made impact in Israeli territory.

The Israeli government has vowed to stop Iran's "military entrenchment" in Syria and is believed to have carried out numerous other strikes against Iranian facilities this year. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said four of the rockets were intercepted, while the others fell short of their targets.

Israel said the airstrikes were in response to rockets fired into the Golan Heights, though the rocket fire came on the heels of a more limited Israeli strike on targets outside Damascus the night before.

For years, Iran's clerical regime has chanted "Death to Israel" and supported Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas on Israel's borders in Gaza and the West Bank, which the USA designates as terror organizations. It also comes ahead of a series of patriotic holidays in Israel, coinciding with the controversial moving of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The White House, in a statement, condemned Iran's "provocative rocket attacks" from Syria and said it supported Israel's right to defend itself. But unlike Russian Federation and Iran, Israel has done little to sway the outcome of Syria's civil war.

"We hit almost all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria", Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told a security conference. "In the next few hours they will understand very well how much we have hit them".

Germany's chancellor, like Macron, supports the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that U.S. President Donald Trump's signalled this week he would withdraw from, a decision generally supported by Israel. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that Israel's forces struck "nearly all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria".

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor reported that dozens of rockets were fired from Syria towards the Israeli-occupied Golan, without saying who fired them. It moved above $71 a barrel on speculation that "the conflict between Iran and Israel could eventually threaten supply across the Middle East", Takayuki Nogami, chief economist at state-backed Japan Oil, Gas & Metals National Corp., said by phone from Tokyo.

It is possible the UNDOF is evacuating due to the current tensions between Iran and its proxies, and Israel.

"We have established contacts with all parties, and we call for restraint from all parties", said Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, reported the Tass Russian news agency. It was the biggest Israeli strike in Syria since the 1973 war.

This escalation is only the second time that Iran has been accused of directly targeting Israeli soil, following a failed drone attack in February.

"Iran has crossed a red line", he said. "Yesterday I delivered a clear message to the Assad regime: Our action is directed against Iranian targets in Syria". Israel says its occasional strikes in Syria aim to foil that.

Hours later, Israeli rocket rockets targeted a military base in Kisweh, a commander in the pro-Syrian government regional alliance said.

Israel and Iran have appeared to be on a collision course for months.

"Israel has entered a unsafe game", Allaeddine Boroujerdi said during a visit to the Portuguese capital Lisbon.

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