Israeli fighter jets have bombed military bases and munitions warehouses in Syria in revenge for Iranian attacks on Golan Heights

 Missiles rise into the sky as Israeli missiles hit an air defence position and other military bases in Damascus, Syria

ISRAEL has blasted Iran’s bases in Syria with 70 missiles killing “at least 23 fighters” in revenge for rocket strikes on Golan Heights.

Fighter jets bombarded military bases, munitions warehouses and intelligence centres, after Tel Aviv stoked fears of a war by warning: “If it rains in Israel it will pour in Iran.”

The strikes hit “nearly every target” and were in response to “20 rockets” fired by the Iranian Quds Force, Israeli military chiefs claimed.

Five Syrian soldiers, including two officers, and 18 militia fighters were killed in the attack, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The death toll is likely to rise because some of the wounded are in critical condition, a spokesman for the group explained.

The Observatory believes the strikes targeted suspected locations of the Lebanese Hezbollah group, as well as areas where Iranian advisers are believed to be based.


What we know so far

  • On Tuesday, Israeli missile strikes kill 15 people in Kisweh, south of Damascus, Syria.
  • The following day, Iranian Quds Force fire “20 rockets” at Israel’s state line at Golan Heights.
  • No one is injured in the strikes after Israel’s Iron Dome defence system intercepts the rockets, military chiefs claim.
  • Israel’s minister of defence Avigdor Lieberman stokes fears of war between the two nations by warning: “If it rains in Israel it will pour in Iran.”
  • Tel Aviv blasts Iran’s bases in Syria with 70 missiles killing “at least 23 fighters” in revenge for rocket strikes on the Golan Heights.
  • Five Syrian soldiers, including two officers, and 18 militia fighters were killed in the attack, claim Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
  • Two days earlier, US President Trump terminates 2015 nuke deal with Iran over claims the Muslim state has continued to build its nuclear program.
  • Trump also describes the agreement as “disastrous” and “defective at its core”, before vowing to re-impose economic sanctions against Iran.

The conflict came hours after US President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuke deal with Iran.

Tel Aviv said the missiles at the Jewish state’s defensive line, near southern Syria, were fired by Iran – who in turn were responding to strikes on Damascus.

Israel’s Iron Dome defence system intercepted some of the rockets and no one was injured, Israel military confirmed.

Israel’s minister of defence Avigdor Lieberman said: “I want to warn of arrogance. There was no sweeping victory tonight. This is not the Battle of Stalingrad.

“It was a limited confrontation and should be confined to it and not expanded.”