Rockets fired at Israel from Syria, Israel says


"The death toll of the missile strike has risen to 15 pro-regime fighters - eight from Iran's Revolutionary Guards and others not of Syrian nationality", Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Tehran, meanwhile, is under pressure from the USA and Western allies to negotiate a new deal, one that goes beyond restricting the nuclear program to curb Iran's military power in the region. Aram...the military exchange between the two countries is being described as the most serious in many years... Fill us in on the details.

Israeli media said Tuesday's order to prepare bomb shelters on the Golan was unprecedented during Syria's civil war.

The Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked almost all of Iran's military installations in neighboring Syria in response to what it described as an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the occupied Golan Heights.

An April 9, a suspected Israeli strike killed seven Iranian military personnel at a Syrian airbase.

In Iran's first official reaction to the attack, a Friday report in state-run IRNA quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as saying the Israeli attack on Syria under "fabricated and baseless excuses" is a breach of the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria. Israel fears that will allow Iran to more easily transfer weapons to Hezbollah, Lebanon's powerful Shiite guerrilla force, and reinforce the militant group's influence over the region. Israel has called on the U.N. Security Council and secretary-general to condemn Iran's attack on its positions in the Golan Heights, occupied and annexed by Israel.

Israel officials have downplayed a link between the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the immediate escalation in tensions, though Israelis on the Golan Heights were ordered to open their bomb shelters at the very moment Trump made his announcement.

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Israel's defense minister Friday called on President Bashar Assad to "get rid" of Iranian forces in Syria, warning their continued presence would only cause trouble. "We want the Iranians to be forced into making the decision to strategically retreat from Syria", Katz said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are calling for de-escalation in the Middle East after an alleged Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights prompted Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria. By Thursday morning, the country's air force had destroyed "nearly all" of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria, according to Israel's defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman.

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "the Iranian regime's deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and highly risky development for the entire Middle East".

A Syrian war monitoring group says Israeli attacks on several sites in Syria have killed 23 fighters, including five Syrian soldiers.

"Israel has been chomping at the bit to take a big bite out of Iran's forces in Syria", said Nicholas Heras of the Center for a New American Security.

"I said that we will always maintain our right and our duty to take all actions as required", he says", adding that he brought up the topic in a "direct and straightforward fashion". In 2015, Russian Federation and Israel set up a hotline to prevent accidental clashes between their forces in Syria. "These matters are very important to Israel's security at all times and especially at this time", he said. However Israel and Iran remain on a collision course.

Pro-Iranian factions have in the past attacked Israeli tourists overseas or Jewish organisations, notably in Latin America. Israel responded by attacking anti-aircraft positions in Syria, and an Israeli warplane was shot down during the battle.