Eleven Iranians among dead in Israel strikes on Syria Thursday

14 May, 2018, 00:10 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Amir Cohen  Reuters

Former Israeli ambassador to Moscow Zvi Meghin said on Wednesday that Israel's attacks on Syria were not necessarily bad for the Russians and seemed to serve their interests.

On May 10 the Israeli Air Force carried out precision strikes against dozens of targets in Syria, including those of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force. Reports indicate that "nearly all of Iran's military infrastructure" in Syria was hit, totaling between thirty and fifty sites.

Tehran's chief diplomat embarked on the tour as regional tensions spiked just days after unprecedented Israeli strikes in Syria which a monitor said killed at least 11 Iranian fighters, triggering fears of a broader conflict between the two arch-enemies.

Syria blamed Israel for the Wednesday strikes that hit near the capital.

It reiterated that Iran was preparing to resume "industrial scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" unless Europe provided solid guarantees it could maintain trade ties despite renewed U.S. sanctions. But the possibility of a war between Israel and Iran is very real. In February, Israel shot down an Iranian drone that entered its airspace, triggering a clash in which an Israeli warplane crashed after being struck by Syrian anti-aircraft fire.

Iranian officials and their allies have spoken of securing a corridor from Iran to Lebanon, through Syria and Iraq.

Mohammad Javad Zarif will leave late Saturday for visits to Beijing, Moscow and Brussels, a spokesman said Friday, holding meetings with all five of the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal.


Merkel told Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in a telephone call on Thursday that she supported maintaining the nuclear accord as long as Tehran upholds its side of the deal. Israel has warned it will not tolerate its archenemy Iran establishing a military presence on its doorstep.

Iran could directly attack Israel or alternatively activate its proxy Hezbollah.

Russian Federation last month hinted it would supply the weapons to President Bashar al-Assad, over Israeli objections, after Western military strikes on Syria.

"What they really want to do is replicate what they've done in Lebanon, where Hezbollah have in their hands 130,000-plus rockets and missiles capable of reaching Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem".

Le Drian said that the 2015 agreement on Iran's nuclear activities remained in force despite the United States pulling out on Tuesday.

Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, Iran has played a bigger and bigger role backing the government of Bashar al-Assad by sending thousands of fighters and military advisers.

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