Iranian forces have shot rockets at Israeli-held territory overnight on May 9. On Thursday, Israel said that it attacked nearly all of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel’s air strikes were “appropriate” as Iran had “crossed a red line,” Reuters reported.
“We are in the midst of a protracted battle and our policy is clear: We will not allow Iran to entrench itself militarily in Syria,” Netanyahu said.
Overnight, Iran fired about 20 rockets at the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, targeting Israeli military positions, a military spokesperson told the New York Times. They were all intercepted or fell short of their mark, officials said.
The U.S. 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.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 10, 2018
“If there is rain on our side, there will be a flood on their side,” Israel’s defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, was quoted as saying by the Times.
He said, “I hope we have finished with this round and that everybody understood.”
Israeli blamed the attack on Iran’s Quds Force, a special forces unit that’s affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. It’s the first time that Iranian forces have fired directly at Israeli military positions and troops, according to the Washington Post.
“This was by far the largest strike we have done, but it was focused on Iranian sites,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, who is an Israeli military spokesman. “We saw it was very clear what the Iranians were doing, attacking Israel from Syrian soil,” he added.
Syrian state-run media, quoting an unidentified Syrian foreign ministry official, reported that Israel’s overnight attacks was a “new phase of aggression,” the Post reported.
The White House issued a statement on the tit-for-tat strikes.
The White House said, “The Iranian regime’s deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and highly dangerous development for the entire Middle East,” as Reuters reported.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, meanwhile, condemned the overnight attacks by Iran and called on the country to de-escalate of tensions in the Middle East.
Russia called on both sides to exercise restraint and resolve their differences diplomatically.
The Israelis have claimed that Iran and its Lebanon-based ally Hezbollah are turning Syria into a front against Israel.