Iran forces launch missiles at Israel from Syria, IDF says

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz attend the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz attend the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem

Iranian forces in Syria have fired around 20 rockets and missiles at Israeli army positions in the part of the Golan Heights occupied by Israel, the Israeli army said early on Thursday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party has seen a marked increase in support following President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, The Times of Israelreports.

A barrage of rockets was sacked into Israel's Golan Heights on Wednesday evening, according to the Israeli Defense Force which says that Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is behind the attack.

At least nine Iranians, and possibly as many as 32, were killed in a strike in Syria attributed to Israel.

"Additionally, defence systems have been deployed and IDF troops are on high alert for an attack", it said.

On Wednesday Mr Netanyahu travelled to Moscow for talks with President Vladimir Putin and to attend a military parade.

Syrian anti-aircraft batteries hosed the sky with streams of fire, aimed at what appeared to be Israeli surface-to-surface missiles, while thunderclaps of Israeli artillery fire reverberated across the frontier between Syria and Israel, with the faint sound of impact echoing back moments later. "We are located here facing Syria and Lebanon and this is the reality which we will overcome together, especially with the IDF (Israel Defence Forces)", said Alex Gudish, a Golan settler.

Syrian state media accused Israel of launching missiles at a target near Damascus shortly after Trump's announcement.

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A commander supporting President Bashar al-Assad told Reuters news agency that the strike had targeted a Syrian army position.

Israel "views this Iranian attack very severely", Conricus told reporters. "If they want stability in Syria, they need the Iranians to change their behaviour, to not establish their forces in Syria", said Mr Nagel, who has sat in on meetings between Mr Putin and Mr Netanyahu when he served as head of Israel's National Security Council.

A number of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system and no Israeli injuries were reported, according to the Israel Defense Forces, or IDF.

Israel has repeatedly warned in recent months that it will not accept a permanent Iranian military presence in neighboring Syria.

"Rather than blocking Iran's path to the bomb, the deal actually paved Iran's path to an entire arsenal of nuclear bombs", Netanyahu said.

"Without broad global support for tough, effective sanctions, the only option for stopping Iran will be military action", said Amos Yadlin, a former Israeli general who commanded the country's military intelligence division.

Local media said it was the first time there had been an order for local authorities in the Golan to prepare shelters in the occupied area since the Syrian civil war began.

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