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Israel and Iran trade rocket fire

Israel and Iran trade rocket fire

For years, Iran's clerical regime has chanted "Death to Israel" and supported Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas on Israel's borders in Gaza and the West Bank, which the USA designates as terror organizations.

Israel's response reportedly crushed Iranian forces in Syria. Israel responded with a blistering wave of missile strikes early Thursday.

The Syrian government, backed by Iran and Russian Federation, has made significant gains over the rebel groups in the past year.

But while the move - in response to an alleged Iranian attack - certainly marks an escalation, commentators have played down the likelihood of all-out war.

It is the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011 and comes just days after President Trump pulled the United States out of a nuclear deal with Iran over the objections of key European allies. Some protesters set a U.S. flag on fire in Tehran with the nuclear deal scribbled on it. Others stomped on a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump.

This doesn't mean, however, that Iran will now be deterred from continuing its military build-up in Syria. He added that "ground assets were also used to strike into Syria".

Within hours of Trump's announcement, Damascus accused the Israel Defense Forces of firing on targets south of the Syrian capital in the al-Kiswah area. An Israeli warplane was shot down during the battle.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran had "crossed a red line" by targeting Israel's forces in the occupied Golan Heights, and that the resulting bombardment, which a monitor said killed 23 fighters, "was a outcome".

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Britain, France, Germany and Russian Federation, a key Syrian ally, all called for urgent de-escalation and said that Israel and Iran should stop provoking each other.

Israel said more than 20 rockets were launched by Iranian forces in Syria in the direction of Israel late Wednesday, often criss-crossing in the clear night skies. Israel opened bomb shelters in the Golan Heights, but did not instruct people to enter the shelters.

Israel will no doubt strike back after any attack on its territory, a scenario that could spiral into a wider conflict that experts say no side is now interested in. "However, if the Syrian military acts against us, we will act against it", he said.

Russian Federation last month hinted it would supply the weapons to President Bashar al-Assad, over Israeli objections, after Western military strikes on Syria.

Southern Lebanon's rolling hills bordering Israel are another arena of influence for Tehran through its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah. In 1974, Israel and Syria reached a cease-fire and a disengagement deal that froze the conflict lines with the plateau in Israeli hands.

Launching a new war could endanger Hezbollah's political support base, including its Shiite constituency, which is wary of another ruinous war with Israel. "Our reaction was a effect", the Israeli leader said in a video posted on social media.

It has also targeted what it says are arms deliveries to Hezbollah in Syria. He was previously a research associate at the Changing Character of War Programme at Oxford University, and a Kennedy scholar at Harvard University.

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri says this time the Syrian retaliation was in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights but next time it will be in Israel proper. "Second, naturalizing militias and controlling Syrian property; third, bringing tens of thousands of foreign militias into Syria; and imposing decision-making in institutions", he explained. Israel, as it has typically done in similar incidents, neither confirmed nor denied a role.