Iran condemns Israel's strikes on Syria - diplomat

Iran condemns Israel's strikes on Syria - diplomat

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 11 Iranians were killed in the Israeli strikes.

It was the most severe flare-up between Israel and Iran over Tehran's actions in Syria. Iranian intelligence positions, outposts, headquarters and equipment storage units were hit in 16 different locations across the country.

The minister slammed the Islamic Republic as "an imperialist terrorist nation", that has entrenched in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon "to surround us and create a war of attrition between ourselves and the Arabs".

But he said Iran was overreaching, creating difficulties for itself.

Another reason for the change is the fact that Iran is now isolated from the world in everything related to Syria, and the global community's support for the Israeli airstrikes in the Arab country further stressed Iran's isolation. "Many understand that the focus on exporting terrorism and developing nuclear weapons is using up the resources of tens of millions of residents who need to live". The problem is that for it Iran first needs to deliver and install in Syria its short-range ballistic missile systems. Some of the rockets were deflected by Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, while others caused damage to Israeli military facilities. "We are back to normal".

The defense minister welcomed Iran's statement that it did not want an escalation between the two countries and stressed that Israel was also not looking for more confrontation with anyone.

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As it had said it would, Iran finally retaliated on Wednesday.

An Israeli military ambulance drives past tanks in the Golan Heights, near the border with Syria, May 10, 2018.

Russia has no plans now to deliver advanced S-300 air-defense systems to Syria, President Vladimir Putin's aide on military cooperation said, an apparent reversal following talks between the Russian leader and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"I have established a basic principle: Whoever strikes us, we are going to strike them", Netanyahu said.

Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, Israel has carried out more than 100 air strikes on Syrian soil, mainly to prevent Iran from sending advanced weaponry via Syria's air bases to Hezbollah.

Avigdor Lieberman's comments were followed by threats from an Iranian cleric that Tel Aviv or Haifa would be in danger if Israel did "anything foolish".

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