IDF publishes images of destroyed Iranian military sites in Syria

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Syrian media said it was the first time in years that Syrians had fired at Israeli forces in the Golan Heights.

In the most direct confrontation between Israel and Iran to date, the two regional enemies exchanged fire for hours during a volatile night.

Israel has long warned it will not accept Iran entrenching itself militarily in Syria. It moved above $71 a barrel on speculation that "the conflict between Iran and Israel could eventually threaten supply across the Middle East", Takayuki Nogami, chief economist at state-backed Japan Oil, Gas & Metals National Corp., said by phone from Tokyo. But before Thursday, Iran had not retaliated, seemingly handcuffed while it awaited Trump's decision on the nuclear accord.

That deployment "is an unacceptable and highly risky development for the entire Middle East", she said. It was not immediately clear what was hit.

Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that his army struck "almost all of the Iranian infrastructure in Syria" overnight in response to a rocket barrage at its military outposts in the Golan Heights by Iran, PTI reported. The country's military said its Iron Dome missile defence system intercepted four of the rockets just after midnight yesterday, while the other 16 fell harmlessly in Syrian territory. Al-Ikhbariya TV said missiles targeted 10 Israeli positions.

Iran is fighting alongside Assad forces in the civil war.

There was no immediate word on Iranian casualties.

"We will not let Iran turn Syria into a forward base against Israel", he said.

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Iran has not claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.

Col Conricus said fighter jets had struck 70 military targets belonging to Iran inside Syria, causing significant damage.

The official SANA news agency said "dozens of missiles were shot down by anti-aircraft systems in Syrian airspace", acknowledging a number had reached their targets.

Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman said the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) had "hit nearly all of the Iranian infrastructure in Syria". They still seem determined to preserve the nuclear accord despite renewed U.S. "I hope we have finished this chapter", Liberman said at a policy conference north of Tel Aviv in Herzliya. "If it rains on us, it will pour on them", he said.

"But we did say after the (Western) strikes (on Syria) that of course Russian Federation reserved the right to do anything it considered necessary". Iran is institutionalizing its military presence there, to the distress of Israel, which has vowed to block the establishment of a permanent Iranian foothold.

Russian Federation and Israel coordinate their actions within Syria for the objective of deconfliction.

Authorities urged the citizens of Golan Heights - the intended target of the rocket attacks - to be on alert while stressing that normal life would resume in the area. "We have seen a demonstration of the IDF's intelligence and airpower capabilities", he added about the retaliatory strikes, according to the Post. They speculate that Israel's claims about the attack lack solid proof and might be agenda-driven.

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