42 killed by Israeli strikes in Syria in a week


42 killed by Israeli strikes in Syria in a week

Russian Federation gave Iran advance warning about this week's Israeli attack in Syria, the Saudi-owned and London-based Asharq al-Awswat newspaper reported Friday.

Israeli officials said this weekend that Israel's response to the Iranian attack has made it clear to Tehran that it does not possess the operational infrastructure it needs in Syria to successfully contend with IDF capabilities, according to a Friday report by Hadashot TV news.

MK Tamar Zandberg, the chairwoman of the left-wing Meretz party, warned on Saturday that Israel must act with caution to avoid a full-blown confrontation in the north, following large-scale Israeli airstrikes in Syria last week, said to have hit some 50 Iranian targets. "They are trying to transfer forces and deadly weapons there with the explicit goal of attacking the state of Israel as part of their strategy to destroy the state of Israel".

"I will take this opportunity to send a message to Assad: Get rid of the Iranians, get rid of Qasem Soleimani and the Quds Force, they are not helping you, they only cause damage, and their presence will only cause problems and damages", Lieberman said.

Mr Keane added: "This is serious stuff, what Iran is up to".

Israel says it has conducted dozens of operations in Syria to stop what it says are advanced arms deliveries to one of its main foes, Iran-backed Hezbollah.

But Thursday's air raid came amid heightened tension in the regime after President Trump announced on Tuesday that the United States would withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

In a lengthy statement Friday, the Iranian government warned that it would take "whatever reciprocal measures it deems expedient" if it is not fully compensated for the USA withdrawal from the nuclear agreement as provided for in the accord.

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Tehran, meanwhile, is under pressure from the US and Western allies to negotiate a new deal, one that goes beyond restricting the nuclear program to curb Iran's military power in the region.

In Tehran, senior cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said the Western pressure will backfire, threatening that Israel will pay the price.

His remarks drew chants of "Death to America!" from those gathered for Friday prayers in Tehran.

Opposition fighters and their families left Babila, Beit Sahem and Yalda, three southern suburbs that were held by rebels for years, Syrian state media and a war monitor said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on May 12 that the new death toll from attacks early on May 10 was 27, including at least 11 Iranians and six Syrian soldiers.

Syria's state news agency SANA said opposition fighters who made a decision to stay in the suburbs will hand over the weapons and return to normal life.

Government forces have been on the offensive against IS in the area since last month and its capture would boost security in Assad's seat of power.

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