Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria in response to rocket fire

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

President Donald Trump's announcement Tuesday that the USA would withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran has triggered uncertainty and threatened to spark more unrest in the Middle East.

After targeting Iranian units in Syria in retaliation, an Israel F-16 was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire in one of the conflict's most notable escalations.

The military said, "remain attentive to instructions from the Interior Command". The strikes had been Israel's largest air operation in years, the assertion learn.

As for what happened earlier that same morning in the Golan Heights, Liberman stressed that "Iranian missiles did not reach Israeli territory, they either fell in Syria or were intercepted by Iron Dome".

"We are not looking to escalate the situation", Conricus said, but warned Israel would respond forcefully if attacked.

On Tuesday Israel took the unusual step of ordering authorities in the Golan to prepare civilian bomb shelters after identifying "irregular activity" by Iranian forces in Syria. Israel has warned Russian Federation and Syria not to intervene in its response. Quds force is behind attack and has played the initial price.

"I presented Israel's obligation and Israel's right to defend itself from Iranian aggression from Syrian territory, against the state of Israel", he added in a statement on Wednesday evening. Iran blamed it to get an April 9 air attack that murdered 7 of its own military personnel in Syria, also vowed revenge.

On Hezbollah in Lebanon: "The recent elections in Lebanon are in fact the completion of Hezbollah's takeover of Lebanon".

It says Israeli defense systems intercepted "some" of the incoming rockets and damage on the Israeli side was minimal.

Israel describes Iran as its biggest threat and Hezbollah as the biggest threat on its borders.

The two countries have established a hotline to avoid accidental clashes in the war-torn country. Embroiled in scandals at home, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may also seek a provocation to divert attention from his domestic crises. Riyadh has waged a genocidal war in Yemen since 2015 against Houthi rebels it claims are backed by Tehran.

As oil rose to over $77 in the wake of Trump's Iran announcement, Saudi officials declared they would consult with the UAE on increasing oil production to stabilise prices, a move that would severely impact Iran. Iran denies arming them.

Oil in NY extended gains above $71 a barrel on speculation that "the conflict between Iran and Israel could eventually threaten supply across the Middle East", Takayuki Nogami, chief economist at state-backed Japan Oil, Gas & Metals National Corp., said by phone from Tokyo.

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