Iran crossed 'red line', Israel's action appropriate: Netanyahu



Conricus said that, in Thursday's attack, around 20 projectiles, most likely rockets, were fired by the Quds Force, an external arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, at around 12.10 a.m.

Iran has also vowed to avenge recent air strikes on its military facilities in Syria that were attributed to Israel.

- Israel's army said today it had carried out widespread raids against Iranian targets in Syria overnight after rocket fire towards its forces it blamed on Iran, marking a sharp escalation between the two enemies.

Syrian air defenses then intercepted several rockets from Israel targeting Syrian positions in Golan Heights.

"We hit nearly all of the Iranian infrastructure in Syria", Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Thursday at the Herzliya Conference, a security and defense convention.

"The United States condemns the Iranian regime's provocative rocket attacks from Syria against Israeli citizens, and we strongly support Israel's right to act in self-defense".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron called for a de-escalation between the two sides. It is not known if any of the foreign nationals killed were Iranian.

"The deal actually paved Iran's path to an entire arsenal of nuclear bombs, and this within a few years' time", he said in televised address soon after Trump announced the withdrawal from the deal, and backing severe economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Lieberman said Israel hit "almost all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria". "They should understand that if we get rain, they will get a flood".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks in Moscow on Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin with Syria and President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal at the heart of their discussions. "We do not know yet the (Iranian) casualty count", he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, there were reports of loud explosions at a military base in the area.

Europe is already reeling from Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, which threatens European businesses who now face United States sanctions if they continue trading with Tehran.

France urged Iran on Thursday to refrain from all "military provocation" and cautioned it against "all temptations for regional hegemony".

Conricus, the Israeli military spokesman, said the military focused on inflicting "long-term damage on the Iranian military establishment in Syria" and assessed "it will take a substantial time to replenish".

It is a major ally of Syria and has deployed hundreds of troops to the country. He said Syria has the right to defend itself "against the aggressors". Israel regards Iran as its biggest threat and has repeatedly targeted Iranian forces and allied militia in Syria. Israel fired back on Thursday, hitting dozens of Iranian targets in Syria.

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