Two Killed, some wounded in Israeli attack on Damascus

Two Killed, some wounded in Israeli attack on Damascus

This prompted militants in Gaza to send a barrage of rockets over the border, with 90 percent intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defense system, the IDF said. "As a result, a number of Syrian aerial defense batteries were destroyed", the IDF added on Twitter.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement that it had carried out "wide-scale strikes" on targets in Syria belonging to Iranian forces.

Syrian media reported that two people were killed and others were injured during the overnight strikes. According to the agency, Israeli fighter jets fired several rockets from the Golan Heights territory and the Lebanese town of Marjaayoun aiming at Damascus.

Russia, whose forces have helped turned the tide of Syria's civil war in favour of President Bashar al-Assad, condemned the Israeli strikes.

"I made it clear that whoever hurt us - we will hurt him", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a tweet.

Abdurrahman added that several other areas were targeted in Wednesday's strikes, including the Mazzeh airbase in western Damascus where air defense units are stationed.

The army said airstrikes were in response to rockets fired from Syria on Israeli territory Tuesday night. "The Iranian position poses a threat to Israel's security, stability in the region, and the Syrian regime", Adraee said.

Iran, along with Russian Federation, has provided crucial support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during Syria's civil war, which began with a violent government crackdown on protesters in March 2011.

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Israel has repeatedly said that it will not accept Iranian military entrenchment in Syria and that it will retaliate for any attack on the Jewish state from Syria. He said the dead included five Syrian troops, 16 Iranian and Iran-backed fighters, and two Syrian civilians.

Syria's state news agency Sana said that the country's "air defence confronted the heavy attack and intercepted the hostile missiles".

The strikes were in retaliation for four rockets fired at Israel from Syria the day before. "That's what we did tonight", he said early Wednesday.

Video footage from Syria appeared to show a Syrian air defense missile crashing to the ground in a heavily populated area shortly after launching, which may account for some of the casualties.

Mansharof said Iranian-backed militant groups in Yemen could also launch attacks on Israel, further complicating matters. Our message to Iran's leaders is simple: You are no longer immune.

Netanyahu has said repeatedly that he will not allow Iran to establish a frontline against Israel in Syria.

It came the same day as an Israeli airstrike killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza, Bahaa Abu el-Atta, settling off the fiercest round of fighting there in years.

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