The White House swiftly condemned Iran's "provocative rocket attacks from Syria against Israeli citizens" and expressed strong support for "Israel's right to act in self-defense", while Russian Federation said the Israeli strikes marked a risky escalation and urged both Israel and Iran to avoid provoking each other.
The Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked "dozens" of Iranian targets in neighboring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights, in the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date. There were no Israeli casualties.
The subsequent Israeli air strikes killed 23 pro-government fighters in Syria, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Though it was an Israeli missile that was launched onto a Syrian military outpost, Iran fired back in retaliation. "This is exactly what happened yesterday Syrian military batteries fired surface-to-air missiles against us and, therefore, we attacked them", Netanyahu said.
Israel is signaling to Iran that it can not rely on Russian protection. Hours later, state-run Al-Ikhbariya TV broadcast a live feed of Syrian air defenses firing into the sky above the capital, and loud explosions and air defense firing were heard through the night.
"One could say that Russian Federation succeeded in containing the situation, preventing further military escalation, but Iran has a large presence in Syria from the Iraq border at Al Bo Kamal all the way to Lebanon".
An Israeli soldier stands next to Merkava Mark IV tanks in a deployment area near the Syrian border in the Israel-annexed Golan Heights on May 10, 2018.
There are three recorded deaths and two injuries in Syria due to Israeli missiles.
Mr. Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal could rekindle the appetite of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to carry out military strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities.
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IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, told The New York Times that Israel responded to the attack but didn't provide details.
The attacks between Israel and Iran is enough evidence to show the world that we are one bomb away from a full-blown war.
"Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) bears full responsibility for the consequences of its reckless actions, and we call on the IRGC and its militant proxies, including Hizballah, to take no further provocative steps", she said.
Unconfirmed reports said Thursday that the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force is pulling out of the Golan Heights.
President Donald Trump's announcement Tuesday that the USA was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran has triggered uncertainty and threatened to spark more unrest in the Middle East.
These could include terrorist attacks on Israeli interests, cyberattacks against Arab and American targets and the use of Shia militia to pressure American forces in Iraq and Syria - all of which have been seen in the past several years.
The missile launcher responsible for the Iranian rocket strikes was also destroyed, according to the release. Israel claims to have prevented any harm to its infrastructure from missile fire.
The bombardment led to immediate calls for restraint from Russia, France, Germany and Britain, while the United States put the blame squarely on Iran and stressed Israel's right to "self-defense". There have been concerns that Iran could try to retaliate after suspected Israeli strikes against the Tiyas or T-4 airbase in February and April.