Israel calls on Syria's Assad to 'get rid' of Iranian forces

Israel calls on Syria's Assad to 'get rid' of Iranian forces

Israel calls on Syria's Assad to 'get rid' of Iranian forces

Israel has long warned it will not accept Iran entrenching itself militarily in Syria.

The United Nations, Russia, France, Germany and Britain have urged Israel and Iran to avoid any further escalation after Israel carried out air raids against what it said were Iranian targets in Syria. It was the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called late Thursday for an immediate halt to "all hostile acts" to avoid "a new conflagration" in the Middle East.

Israel has allegedly uncovered involvement by Hezbollah commanders and senior operatives from Shi'ite militias in the planning of the retaliatory strike.

In a lengthy government statement on Friday, the Iranian government warned that it would take "whatever reciprocal measures it deems expedient" if it is not fully compensated for the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement as provided for in the accord.

Israel's military went on high alert Tuesday and bomb shelters were ordered open in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights following reports of "irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria".

Another possible group, Tamimi said, was a Palestinian organization linked to Hezbollah and the IRGC, such as the "Force of Return", which is now fighting for the regime of Bashar Assad in the Yarmouk camp outside Damascus.

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Israel has often reiterated one of its red lines that it will not allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria.

"Get rid of the Iranians and maybe it will be possible to have a different kind of life", Lieberman added. Now they are directly fighting one another, and it's happening on Syrian territories.

Israel's political and security establishment has been unified and vocal in vowing to thwart Iran's efforts to entrench itself militarily across Israel's northern frontier and to build what Israeli and US officials refer to as a land corridor from Iran, through Iraq and Syria, to Lebanon.

Netanyahu says he and Putin also discussed the United States administration's decision to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal, but says the conversation focused mostly on Iran's effort to turn Syria into a forward base to attack Israel.

Thousands later demonstrated across the country to protest Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

Israel, too, may feel emboldened by US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Although slogans of "Death to America" were few, many Iranians are sincerely angry over the USA decision to withdraw from the deal and are siding with hard-liners who long have warned to be suspicious of the West.

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"The holy system of Islamic Republic will step up its missile capabilities day by day so that Israel, this occupying regime, will become sleepless and the nightmare will constantly haunt it that if it does anything foolish, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground", the hard-line cleric said during Friday sermons.

His remarks drew chants of "Death to America!" from those gathered for Friday prayers in Tehran.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said earlier that Iran's Al Quds force fired the rockets at several Israeli bases, though he would not say how Israel determined the Iranian involvement.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a total of 8,400 fighters and civilians left the area since May 3 and the last group left Thursday night.

Khatami, who has echoed sentiments of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei who says Israel will not exist in 25 years, said the Jewish state could face destruction if it continues to challenge Iran.

Iran's strong support for the government of President Bashar al-Assad - along with Russian air power - ensured his survival and now Tehran is seeking to cash in on the strategic benefits.

Information for this article was contributed by Loveday Morris, Ruth Eglash, Louisa Loveluck, Suzan Haidamous, Erin Cunningham, Brian Murphy and John Wagner of The Washington Post; and by Zeina Karam, Aron Heller, Sarah El Deeb, Albert Aji, Vladimir Isachenkov and Ian Deitch of The Associated Press.

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