Less than 48 hours after Trump cancelled the Iranian deal , things have escalated rapidly.
Some 20 rockets were fired at Israeli military bases by Iranian forces from southern Syria just after midnight on Thursday, sparking the largest ever direct clash between Jerusalem and Tehran, with Israeli jets targeting numerous Iranian-controlled sites across Syria, Times Of Israel reported.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Forces carried out the initial barrage of missiles aimed at military bases, in the first ever direct attack on Israel by Iranian forces. There were no casualties and some of the incoming missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, the army said.
In response, Israel launched an extensive retaliatory campaign, striking suspected Iranian bases throughout Syria for hours following the initial Iranian bombardment, an Israeli military spokesperson said, warning Syrian dictator Bashar Assad not to get involved, Times Of Israel reported. The Israeli military would not immediately comment on its specific targets.
“The Israel Defense Forces is taking action at this moment against Iranian targets in Syria. Any Syrian involvement against this move will be met with the utmost seriousness,” wrote Avichay Adraee, the Israeli military’s Arabic-language spokesperson, on Twitter.
Footage from social media of the retaliation by Israel
My team just captured this video from Mezzeh in Damascus pic.twitter.com/cFJ4tUllXm
— Leith Aboufadel (@leithfadel) May 10, 2018