Monitor: 42 killed in Israeli strikes in Syria this week


Israel did what any nation would do - it defended itself.

Israeli attacks in Syria, of course, could damage Russian interests. 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. "They must understand that if it rains here, it will pour there".

The United States has said that despite its withdrawal it wants inspections by the UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, to continue in Iran.

Unlike during the Obama administration, when the US regularly criticized Israel for exercising its right of self-defense, the White House issued a statement Thursday that took the opposite position.

The Observatory also said Saturday that at least 86 pro-regime fighters were killed in Syria over the past week in battles against ISIS as regime forces push to clear militants from their last stronghold in Damascus. No one on the Israeli side was reported to have been injured.

"Almost every single entity [in Syria], whether it's a Sunni militia or the Assad regime, or Hezbollah, or Iran, they're all collectively, and individually, speaking anti-Israel", said Alvi. "The Israeli, Russian and Iranian players will have to understand each other and discuss the future of Syria; therefore, the meeting is being held in order to try to advance Putin's initiative".

Anxious about a new full-fledged war in the region between Iran and Israel, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to call for an immediate halt to "all hostile acts" after Israel and Iranian forces traded missile strikes in Syria and at the Golan Heights border. But it will pay a steep price. AlthoughPutin does not share Netanyahu's vision of Iran as an existential threat, Netanyahu's urging of Trump to withdraw from the JCPOA and thereby cause a rift between the USA and Europe has been both useful and welcome. It found that out in the first hours of May 10 when Israel attacked numerous Iranian targets, carrying out its largest operations in recent history. Saudi Arabia already accuses Iran of providing missiles that Yemeni rebels have fired toward Riyadh.

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Tehran, meanwhile, is under pressure from the US 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.

If anything, the lack of restrictions on the USA now should serve as a reminder to Iran that it's a bad time to cause trouble.

"We never announced these deliveries as such".

If the mullahs who rule Iran step too far out of line they could generate their own worst-case scenario.

"But we did say after the (Western) strikes (on Syria) that of course Russian Federation reserved the right to do anything it considered necessary".

Southern Syria was quiet but tense, with monitors saying Syrian, Iranian and allied Lebanese forces from Hezbollah were on high alert.

The photos show the sites before they were attacked, including installations at Tel Gharba, Tel Kleb, Nabi Yusha and Tel Maqdad, according to the Israel Defense Forces spokesperson's unit.