Iranian forces in Syria shell Israeli army bases on Golan

Iranian forces in Syria shell Israeli army bases on Golan

Syrian air defences confronted Israeli rockets on Syrian territories without specifying the location, state media reported early on Thursday quoting a military source.

Israel's military says Iranian forces based in neighboring Syria fired about 20 projectiles at Israeli positions in the Golan Heights.

Russia's foreign ministry said on Tuesday it was "deeply disappointed" by Trump's announcement that the United States would pull out of the Iran deal, while Netanyahu strongly supported the U.S. president's "bold" move.

Israel has neither confirmed or denied responsibility.

The military directive Tuesday came "following the identification of irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria".

After the attack was reported Wednesday night, IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis told reporters that the attack was carried out by members of the Iranian Quds force and that Israel views the incident gravely.

But Moscow's condemnation of an April 9 strike that killed seven Iranian personnel set off speculation in Israel that Russian patience might be wearing thin.

"These matters were presented in a direct and forthright manner", and "are very important to Israel's security at all times and especially at this time", he explained. He also expressed his hope that Russian Federation and Israel would eventually find "solutions that would lead to the easing of tensions and would allow resolving heated conflicts". Such strikes have become more frequent recently, amid soaring tensions between regional archenemies Israel and Iran. After an uneventful night, the military on Wednesday called on residents to return to "full civilian routine", meaning studies and excursions would continue as usual, although the shelters would remain open. The objective is believed to have been a base for Iranian fighters allied with the Syrian government. There were also widespread reports of massive explosions and social media had pictures of fire and smoke in the area.

Netanyahu thanked Putin for referring to the Holocaust in his parade speech, likening the Nazi extermination campaign to Iran's attitude to Israel. "They are determined to do it and we are determined to prevent it".

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