Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Iranians among dead in Israel strikes on Syria

Iranians among dead in Israel strikes on Syria

A Syrian war monitor says a wave of Israeli strikes on suspected military positions in Syria this week killed 42 people.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on May 12 that the new death toll from attacks early on May 10 was 27, including at least 11 Iranians and six Syrian soldiers.

"The new report is due to the death of wounded or missing persons whose deaths have been confirmed", Abdel Rahman said. The Observatory said at least 15 were killed in the strike, eight of them Iranians, including a member of the Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards. Iran denied the accusation. The annexation has not be recognised by the worldwide community. Iran's presence in Syria is no match for Israel's powerful military, and Iran's hopes of salvaging the deal and appearing moderate on the world stage may further hinder its ability to strike back.

"If anyone hurts us, we will hurt them sevenfold. I hope we've finished this episode and everyone understood". So now that Israel claims to have hit virtually all of Iran's bases and installations in Syria, Russia's unwillingness to intervene on Iran's behalf is especially surprising.

Israel had already acknowledged launching more than 100 airstrikes in Syria since that country's civil war broke out in 2011.

At the meeting Putin also expressed "deep concern" over US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a key 2015 Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, a decision Netanyahu supported.

Tehran, meanwhile, is under pressure from the USA and Western allies to negotiate a new deal, one that goes beyond restricting the nuclear program to curb Iran's military power in the region.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that the US was withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), an worldwide agreement reached in 2015 by Iran, the United States, Russia, France, China, the UK, Germany and the EU.

All other signatories had sought to maintain the agreement. In the longer term, hardliners in the Iranian government will nearly certainly resume Iran's nuclear-weapons development program to match Israel's nuclear arsenal. "That is exactly what happened yesterday, Syrian army launched ground-to-air missiles against us, and therefore we hit them", he said. To prove this, Lyamin cites as an example loss of an Israeli F-16 fighter jet in one of previous Israeli strikes this February.

Iran is lashing out against "Israeli aggression".

When Iran resumes uranium enrichment activities at Isfahan the same year, Israel calls on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons. Thursday's attack was a "blatant violation of Syria's sovereignty", Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying Friday.

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