Israel news summary

Israel News for 5-10-18

Iran Attacks. Israel Responds.
Iranian forces based in Syria launched 20 missiles at targets in the Golan yesterday. All of the missiles were either intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system or missed their targets and caused no damage.

In response, Israel launched a massive attack on Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria. An IDF spokesman said, “We do not know yet the (Iranian) casualty count. But I can say that in terms of our purpose, we focused less on personnel and more on capabilities and hardware … to inflict long-term damage on the Iranian military establishment in Syria. We assess it will take substantial time to replenish.” He also said that Russia had been informed prior to the operation.

According to reports from the Russian Defense Ministry, the Israeli attack was carried out by 28 planes that fired 60 missiles. Israel also fired more than 10 tactical ground-to-ground missiles. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the overnight attacks struck several military posts for Syrian troops and Iranian-backed militias near Damascus, in central Syria and in southern Syria. According to their report, 23 military personnel were killed and many more wounded.

Defense Minister Lieberman said, “We hit … almost all of the Iranian infrastructure in Syria. I hope we finished this chapter and everyone got the message.”

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