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Israeli Airstrikes In Syria Killed 19 Iranians This Week, War Monitor Says

Israeli Airstrikes In Syria Killed 19 Iranians This Week, War Monitor Says

The Golan Heights are Syrian territory occupied by Israel in 1967 and annexed in 1981.

He said "six Syrian soldiers and 21 foreign fighters, including 11 Iranians" were among the dead.

The Israeli strikes, however, have also become intolerable by Syria, which can not just keep taking in such attacks that target its sovereignty without punching back.

In April, Israel carried out an attack on the T-4 air base in Homs, killing a number of fighters including Iranians.

The U.S. -led attacks were seen by analysts as a planned assault that played in the hands of Israelis. It also came just hours after President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the US from the Iran nuclear deal.

On May 9, Israel fired on military positions in Qunaitera, but this time the response was not just air defenses.

At least 11 Iranians were among those killed in unprecedented Israeli strikes on Syria on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday.

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

Israel said its May 10 strikes were in response to a barrage of Iranian rockets on its positions in the occupied Golan Heights, the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran preserves its right to self-defense in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and calls upon the Security Council to uphold its responsibilities by condemning acts of aggression and asking the Israeli regime to stop its unsafe and constant adventurism and provoking behaviors which are threatening the regional peace and security", Khoshroo wrote.

For their side, the Israeli army said that the overnight Israeli airstrikes on Syria have set back Iran's military capabilities there by "many months".

Israel, which nearly never comments on strikes inside Syria, did not admit to carrying out Tuesday's attack, but it occurred shortly after the Israeli military went on "high alert" in response to "unusual movements of Iranian forces in Syria".

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman gestures as he speaks during the Herzliya Conference, in Herzliya Thomson Reuters JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Defence Minister warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday to renounce the Iranian military presence in his country, saying the activities of Assad's staunchest regional ally would only cause "damage and problems".

"It's the first hot escalation and actual crossfire between both sides since the Arab-Israeli 1973 war and it's an indication that the Syrian side and its allies will not stand idle about any future Israeli strikes", he said.

Israel says it has conducted dozens of operations in Syria to stop what it says are advanced arms deliveries to one of its main foes, Iran-backed Hezbollah.