Iran 'fires 20 rockets' at Israel

Posted May 10, 2018

In a series of tweets, the army said the strikes were in response to Iranian rockets launched at IDF positions in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights earlier that night.

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

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) says it has targeted dozens of Iranian facilities with air strikes in retaliation for the attack, which has not been confirmed by Iran.

Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said later that damage to Israeli positions was "limited". Amid the reports of an immanent Iranian attack, the military revealed that it had deployed additional batteries for Israel's Iron Dome missile defence shield in the north, while the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv prohibited USA government employees from traveling to the Golan Heights without prior authorization.

Washington is encouraging Israel to go on the offensive as it prepares for war with Iran.

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In February, Israel accused Iranian forces at the T-4 base in central Syria of sending a drone into Israeli territory. 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.

Israel has repeatedly clashed with Hezbollah, a Shiite militia based in Lebanon and sponsored by Iran.

The Trump administration withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal as a response, in part, to Tehran's military interventions in the region.

The frontier has been largely quiet since the last Israel-Hezbollah war in 2006, and Hezbollah is averse to starting a new confrontation in light of its costly intervention in Syria, where it has lost hundreds of fighters. The assault prompted an extensive Israel Air Force (IAF) attack on dozens of Iranian targets in Syria.

Netanyahu thanked Putin for referring to the Holocaust in his parade speech, likening the Nazi extermination campaign to Iran's attitude to Israel.

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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.

The agreement - between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany - imposed curbs on Iranian nuclear activities in return for the lifting of global sanctions.

Tensions between Israel and Syria have been on the rise as Iran has despatched hundreds of troops to again Syrian President Bashar Assad.

On Wednesday, as tensions over President Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal increased, Brent saw its price rise 3%.

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