Iran targets Israeli positions across Syrian frontier, Israel pounds Syria

Fox News quoting Western sources said an Iranian military base in Syria was the target of the attack

Fox News quoting Western sources said an Iranian military base in Syria was the target of the attack

Syria's state news agency Sana said Israeli missiles had been shot down south of Homs, but reported that a weapons depot and a radar installation had been hit.

The heightened tension comes in the wake of the announcement by President Donald Trump that the USA would pull out of the global deal with Iran. The attack appeared to be one of the largest Israel has carried out since it began periodic strikes against Iran and its ally Hizbollah inside of Syria. It was also attacked a quartering located to north of Damascus and ammunition deposits of Force Al Quds (Jerusalem, in Arabic) located at airport of Damascus, as well as observation posts in demilitarized zone of Quneitra, at foot of Golan Heights.

IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus stated that Israel was not looking to escalate the situation, however, the army remains on "very high alert", and "should there be another Iranian attack, we will be prepared for it".

Since intervening in the Syrian civil war on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad in 2015, Russian Federation has generally turned a blind eye to Israeli attacks on suspected arms transfers and deployments by Assad's Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah allies.

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Israel regards Iran as its biggest threat, and has repeatedly targeted Iranian forces and allied militia in Syria. Israel "had been expecting an Iranian response for some time". Iran blamed it to get an April 9 air attack that murdered 7 of its own military personnel in Syria, also vowed revenge.

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With the war winding down and the group able to refocus on its longtime foe, Israel, the border between the two countries may again heat up. Riyadh has waged a genocidal war in Yemen since 2015 against Houthi rebels it claims are backed by Tehran.

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There had been no comment from Iranian officials.

The United Nations, Western nations and Saudi Arabia say Iran supplies the Houthis with long-range missiles capable of reaching Riyadh.

A commander in a regional military alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Reuters news agency that the missiles targeted a Syrian army base.

They would "think together how we can act correctly in the region, how we can remove the threats that exist in the region in a responsible and reasonable way".

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