Iran targets Israeli bases across Syrian frontier, Israel pounds Syria

Pointing also to the USA withdrawal from the Paris accord on climate change, Merkel added: "If we always say that, if we don't like things and we can't achieve a new global order, everyone will do what they feel like, that's bad news for the world". Iran rejects Israel's right to exist, considering it an illegitimate occupier of Muslim land, the BBC explained.

Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in cities across the country to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the nuclear deal with world powers.

At least 11 Iranians were among those killed in unprecedented strikes by Israeli forces in Syria, according to war monitors.

At the same time, the government said it has tasked the president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran with "taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions, using the results of the latest research and development of Iran's courageous nuclear scientists".

He said that it was a mistake to think that Thursday morning's attacks on the Iranian bases had completely solved the problem, but that the army was ready for anything and would continue to do whatever necessary to ensure Israel is secure.

Iran has vowed to retaliate for repeated Israeli airstrikes targeting its forces in Syria. Israel has called on the U.N. Security Council and secretary-general to condemn Iran's attack on its positions in the Golan Heights.

Iran has deployed hundreds of troops in Syria, ostensibly as military advisers to the Syrian military.

The Syrian military acknowledged that the strikes destroyed a radar station and an ammunition warehouse, and damaged a number of air defense units.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a total of 8,400 fighters and civilians left the area since May 3 and the last group left on Thursday night. It was not immediately clear if any Iranians were among the dead. An Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights prompted an Israel attack Thursday on Iranian targets in Syria.

Israel has repeatedly targeted weapons shipments destined for Hizbollah, taking advantage of the group's thinly-spread fighters preoccupied by the war in Syria.

Israel has long warned that it will not accept Iran entrenching itself militarily in neighbouring Syria, where the Islamic Republic is supporting President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the civil war. It said half the missiles were shot down.

During a tour of northern Israel Saturday, Zandberg said that Israelis had been through an intense week as fears of violence mounted following the confrontation.

Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is heading to Beijing, Moscow and Brussels over the next few days in a bid to save the Iran nuclear deal after the USA withdrawal. "They are going to by no means abandon the United States for us", mentioned Poormoslem, a housewife on the rally.

"We got here right here to hope to God after the victory towards Iran" following the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal, mentioned Aryeh Stern, a rabbi from Jerusalem.

The Syrian envoy rejected the Israeli claim that its assault had been directed at Iranian infrastructure.

The next few days see "Jerusalem Day" on Sunday, the date in the Hebrew calendar when East Jerusalem was captured in the 1967 Middle East war. In 1974, Israel and Syria reached a cease-fire and a disengagement deal that froze the conflict lines with the plateau in Israeli hands.

The announcement also seemed to be another sign of tensions between Iran and Russian Federation, who are fighting on the same side on behalf of the Syrian regime. But Israel and Russian Federation have maintained close communications to prevent their air forces from coming into conflict.

Tehran has accused Israel of trying to undermine Assad's government as it has consolidated major gains against anti-regime forces over the past year, with the help of Russian and Iranian military support.

The journalist asked the question about whether the Israeli attack in the future to restrain the aggression of Iran, to which Lieberman said that it was too early to "celebrate". The incoming attack set off air raid sirens in the Golan.

Vanessa Coleman

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