Israel SHELLS Syrian positions in response to Iranian missile STRIKE

Israel SHELLS Syrian positions in response to Iranian missile STRIKE

ISRAEL fired several volleys of missiles against Syrian positions with reports of explosions in Damascus after a barrage of Iranian shells were fired on the Israeli-held Golan Heights, according to local reports.

PUBLISHED: 03:24, Thu, May 10, 2018 | UPDATED: 03:24, Thu, May 10, 2018

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Several shells have reportedly hit the Syrian Governorate of Quneitra

Several shells have reportedly hit the Syrian Governorate of Quneitra, launched from the Israeli-occupied portion of the Golan Heights.

The Syrian defence system engaged with several targets over Damascus and early reports suggested they were cruise missiles.

Syrian expert Danny Makki said: “Syrian Air Defences firing at rockets over South West Damascus.

"Mezzeh airbase has been reportedly hit by an Israeli rocket.

Fares Shehabi MP@ShehabiFares

The Syrian army (not Iranians) launched 50 rockets (not 20) to several Israeli army targets in the Golan, and most rockets hit their targets.

"The situation is no joke, its a serious escalation which risks developing into something far more widespread."

And analyst Frida Ghitis said: “Iran is firing more rockets into Israel.

"Israel has responded forcefully to violations of its red lines. This is extremely serious.”

Israel's response is unprecedented and has been on a far larger scale than the US-led strike in April.

Two military ariports in Khalkhala and Balli have been hit.

A Syrian radar installation has been hit too, according to Syrian state news agency SANA citing a military source

The source said: "Air defences confronted tens of Israeli rockets and some of them reached their target and destroyed one of the radar sites."

The shells were fired from the Israeli-controlled area towards the city of Baath in northern Queneitra, according to Syria’s state SANA news agency.

There were reports the Assad regime actively fired upon a second wave of Israeli missiles over Syria south of Damascus in Al Kiswah after the first.

Shortly afterwards, Syrian air defences engaged with cruise missiles near Damascus after Israel planes launched them from Lebanon.

It is alleged that Syrian air defences destroyed all incoming cruise missiles from the initial attacks.

Syrian media also reported Iranian-backed Hezbollah bases being hit in Ba’ath City.

There were also eports of an Israeli cruise missile hitting Hadar in Qunaitra province.

Then airstrikes targeting 137 artillery base in Damascus were reported by pro regime sources.

Israeli claimed 40 missiles were launched at IDF positions in the Golan Heights by Syria and Iran.

But pro-Government Al Mayadeen reported at least 50 rockets being launched.

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Images showing Syrian air defenses in action over #Damascus

At the time of writing, it appears both sides targeted immobile military targets.

There are no reports of ground advances.

The waves of strikes were in response to an initial attack which was thought to have been launched by Iran.

An IDF spokesman confirmed this, saying: “About an hour ago, IDF defence systems identified approximately 20 rockets that the Iranian Quds forces launched at IDF forward posts on the Golan Heights.

“A number of rockets were intercepted by the IDF's Iron Dome aerial defence system.

“No injuries were reported. The IDF views this event with great severity and remains prepared for a wide variety of scenarios.”

But a member of the Syrian Parliament Fares Shehabi claims it was Syria who launched 50 missiles, not 20 as claimed by IDF.

Residents in the Golan Heights were asked to remain in their shelters until further notice.

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Comment by Deep Space on May 10, 2018 at 7:58pm

Syria downs Israeli rockets after Quneitra shelled

Syrian air defenses have intercepted several rockets fired from Israeli aircraft after the Tel Aviv regime targeted Syrian army positions in the occupied Golan Heights.

Syria's official SANA news agency reported early on Thursday that a barrage of Israeli missiles were intercepted after some 20 projectiles were launched from Syrian soil at Israeli positions in the Golan Heights in response to an earlier Israeli shelling of Quneitra province.

Mike Rivero: So, it looks like Israel did fire the first shot.


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