Eleven Iranians among dead in Israel strikes on Syria Thursday: monitor

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 27 pro-Syrian fighters were killed on Thursday when Israeli jets hit targets in Syria.

Iran's foreign minister is to leave for a whirlwind diplomatic tour as world leaders scrambled to salvage something from the wreckage of the nuclear deal that US President Donald Trump withdrew from this week and after two top nuclear experts resigned from their positions.

"Throw the Iranians out, do away with Qassem Suleimani and the Quds Force", Liberman added before sending a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad: "They are only hurting you, and all their presence will only bring problems and damage".

Speaking at a cultural event in Tel Aviv suburb Givat Shmuel, the minister, a former army general and a member of the high-level security cabinet, said, "We need to strike while the iron is hot and eradicate any trace of Iranian entrenchment in Syria".

Israel and its allies have blamed the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) for initiating Thursday's exchange by launching missiles into the Golan Heights, which Israel occupies. Iran denied the accusation. The annexation has not be recognised by the worldwide community.

Galant said Iran was "an imperialist terrorist nation...they're spread out in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon in an attempt to create an axis from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea...to surround us and create a war of attrition between ourselves and the Arabs".

Iran's foreign minister will embark on a diplomatic tour to try to salvage the nuclear deal amid high tensions following the United States withdrawal and global fears over reports of unprecedented clashes with Israel in Syria.

Before leaving, Mr Zarif published a government statement on his Twitter page, slamming the "extremist administration" of US President Donald Trump for abandoning "an accord recognised as a victory of diplomacy by the global community".

"I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal", Trump said Tuesday in a televised address from the White House.

It reiterated that Iran was preparing to resume "industrial-scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" unless Europe provided solid guarantees that it could maintain trade ties despite renewed USA sanctions.

All other signatories had sought to maintain the agreement. "The Israeli claim was made to portray its attacks on Syria as an attempt to contain Iran, thus winning the approval of the USA and the Saudis", he said.

Israeli leaders assess that the Israeli action has made it clear to Tehran that it does not possess the operational infrastructure it needs in Syria to successfully contend with IDF capabilities, the report said. The worldwide community's silence encourages Israel's aggression.

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.


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