Sirens sound in Golan Heights: Israeli army

Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri delivers a speech during a military parade marking the 36th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khome

Nine pro-Syrian fighters were reportedly killed in an Israeli airstrike near the Syrian capital of Damascus on Tuesday, shortly after Israeli forces determined "abnormal movements of Iranian forces" in Syria.

The Israeli military claimed to have identified "irregular activity" by Iranian forces in Syria, and instructed civic authorities on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to ready bomb shelters.

In a video, Netanyahu said that Israel "opposed the nuclear deal from the start".

A source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News that the Syrian Air Defense did not down any Israeli missiles and the alleged attack destroyed two vehicles and a nearby storage in the Al-Kisweh area.

SANA is full of it. "Iran does not want [this] confrontation, and Israel knows its consequences", he said.

On April 3, at least 26 people were killed in rocket attacks, believed to have been fired by Israel, in a military base in central Syria. Reuters could not independently verify the report.




Approximately an hour and a half later, the Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar news outlet reported that Syrian army air defenses were responding to an Israeli air strike against a target southwest of Damascus.

A tank can be seen on a flatbed trailer as it is carried on a road near the Israeli side of the border with Syria in the Golan Heights Wednesday. As official policy, the Israeli military does not comment on military activity in Syria.

On Tuesday, after the president announced that the United States would be leaving the 2015 multilateral deal with Iran - also signed by France, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, and Germany - reports emerged about an Israeli strike in Syria. A number of those rockets were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome aerial defense system, resulting in bright and sudden explosions.

The statement warned that "any aggression against Israel will be met with a severe response" and that "the Israeli public should remain attentive to IDF instructions that will be given if necessary". This Iran-led strike on Israeli territory, however, is the most extensive of its kind to date.

Both the USA and Russian Federation (which the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting on Wednesday) have a crucial role in determining both the context and scope of any conflict; of determining whether it will be more or less likely. How much longer can Iran forgo retaliation?

"For months now, Iran has been transferring lethal weaponry to its forces in Syria, with the objective of striking at Israel", Netanyahu said. When Hamas fires a couple of homemade rockets into Israel, the IDF hits back disproportionately hard.

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