Israeli strike on Syria kills 11 Iranian pro-Assad fighters


First, since Iran and Israel do not share a border, it is hard to see how the present hostilities could spiral into a wide-ranging confrontation involving ground operations.

Later, the Israelis launched a series of missiles strikes on Syrian military positions, and said that it had targeted Iranian military bases in the country.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll from attacks early Thursday has risen from 23 to 27, including at least 11 Iranians and six Syrian soldiers, including three officers.

Note that the experts of the human rights organization based in London, receive data from the network of informants in Syria.

Israel said it destroyed almost all of Iran's military infrastructure in the strikes which were launched in response to 20 missiles fired at the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. At least 15 people were killed in the strike, including eight Iranians, according to the Observatory. State-run TV said they were carried out by the U.S-led coalition, which is operating in the area against IS. "I hope we've finished this episode and everyone understood".

Tehran has accused Israel of trying to undermine Assad's government as it has consolidated major gains against anti-regime forces over the past year, with the help of Russian and Iranian military support.

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Since then, Israel was anticipating a payback from Iran, particularly with all the wrangling about Iran's global nuclear deal, as Israel has been a staunch opponent to the deal along with President Donald Trump, who announced his country's withdrawal from the deal on May 8.

All other signatories had sought to maintain the agreement.

It added that 28 Israeli fighter jets launched at least 60 missiles in Syria. Israel however, which has always been concerned about Iranian influence in the Middle East welcomed Trump's decision.

The Israeli strikes, however, have also become intolerable by Syria, which can not just keep taking in such attacks that target its sovereignty without punching back. Israel said Iranian Quds Forces deployed inside Syria fired about 20 rockets at IDF positions. The global community's silence encourages Israel's aggression.

Israel says it has conducted dozens of operations in Syria to stop what it says are advanced arms deliveries to one of its main foes, Iran-backed Hezbollah.