Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Syrian air defences confront Israeli rockets - state media

Syrian air defences confront Israeli rockets - state media

Earlier, Vladimir Putin discussed Israeli strikes on Syria and the US decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal with the Russian Security Council.

"Israel thanks President Trump for his courageous leadership, his commitment to confront the terrorist regime in Tehran, and his commitment to ensure that Iran never gets nuclear weapons, not today, not in a decade, not ever", Netanyahu said.

All night, drones buzzed overhead, heard but not seen in the darkness.

The Israeli forces informed Russian Federation of the planned airstrikes on Syria in retaliation for an Iranian salvo, a Zionist military spokesman said.

The Iranian military, however, is no match for the USA army, and is also not able to engage Israel in a conventional war because both the Israeli and American air forces are able to destroy crucial military and economic infrastructure in Iran within minutes.

In the run-up to Trump's decision, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised presentation last week that Israel had obtained tens of thousands of pages of what he described as Iran's "secret atomic archives" from what looked to be a dilapidated Tehran warehouse. "If it will rain in Israel, there will be a biblical flood on the other side". The attacks resulted in the death of several Iranian military officials.

Syria's state media said Syrian air defences had intercepted "hostile Israeli missiles" that were fired over southwestern Damascus.

Moments after the US President delivered his speech at the White House, Syrian state TV said its air defenses shot down two Israeli missiles.

Lieberman called the rocket fire "a new phase". He added that "ground assets were also used to strike into Syria".

Israel has been on heightened alert in recent days, anticipating a possible Iranian retaliation.

President Donald Trump's announcement Tuesday that the USA was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran has triggered uncertainty and threatened to spark more unrest in the Middle East.

Arab and Israeli media later reported IAF warplanes had launched a preemptive strike on the Iranian al-Kiswah base south of Damascus.

The army would not comment on what exactly was sacked from Syria towards Israel.

It later became clear what exactly had triggered the IDF warning to prepare bomb shelters on the Golan Heights.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has traveled to Moscow where he and President Vladimir Putin will discuss military coordination amid new strikes in Syria blamed on Israel.

Netanyahu before leaving Israel said that "the meetings between us are always important and this one is especially so". Israel has neither confirmed or denied responsibility. As long as Iran has the power to dominate Damascus and mobilize Shiite groups, there will eventually be conflict with Israel.

"The situation, unfortunately, is very acute".

Let us not forget that in his state visit to Washington on April 24-26, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, did his best to persuade the American President by offering improvements in each of the areas in which Trump has insisted the deal is flawed.

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