Published: Tue, January 22, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Netanyahu warns Iran it will face consequences for threatening Israel

Netanyahu warns Iran it will face consequences for threatening Israel

In the latest violence, the Israeli military announced Monday that it had struck a series of Iranian targets, including munition storage facilities, an intelligence site and a military training camp, in response to an Iranian missile attack a day earlier.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a Britain-based monitor, said they were the deadliest Israeli strikes in Syria since May previous year. The missile was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system.

Israel holds Syria responsible for any attacks emanating from its territory.

Yoni Ben-Menachem, an analyst with the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), told TPS that by going public with the attacks on Iranian targets, Israel was sending a message to Iran - don't mess with us.

"The firing of the missile yesterday, a launch that could have killed civilians, was sacked by Iranians out of Damascus within an area that we were promised that there would be no Iranians", he said.

The remarks appeared on the Young Journalist Club, a website supervised by state television.

Witnesses in Damascus said loud explosions rang out in the night sky for almost an hour.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least seven other fighters, likely from Iranian militias, were also killed in the strikes.

Missile fire is seen over Damascus, Syria, January 21, 2019. (AP) The Israel missiles tad Damascus airport, according to Syrian state media.

The Quds Force leads Iran's Revolutionary Guards' overseas missions.

The overnight strikes came after cross-border attacks on Sunday in which Syria said it repelled an Israeli air attack on Damascus International Airport. Thus they attempted to carry out an attack that would deter Israel from continuing to act against Iran's attempts to establish its long-term military presense in Syria ...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who now is on a visit to Chad, responded to the Israeli raids in a statement: "We have a defined policy: to harm Iranian entrenchment in Syria and to harm anyone who tries to harm us".

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said the Iranian missile attack that prompted the strong Israeli response was "premeditated". It added that otherwise things remained "routine" along the frontier with Syria.

Nasirzadeh made the statement as Israeli officials have been expressing concern about Iran's military presence in Syria, while attacking Iranian targets in that country.

The threat of direct confrontation between arch-enemies Israel and Iran has long simmered in Syria, where the Iranian military built a presence early in the almost eight year civil war to help President Bashar al-Assad's government.

"No we will not let it happen and we are ready to face an escalation because the goal and the target is so big to prevent Iran from building independence war machine in Syria we are ready for escalation", Amidror said.

In a seperate report by Reuters, the Israeli military claims to have shot down a rocket fired at the Israel-occupied Golan Heights.

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