Video shows Israeli missile blowing up Iranian rocket launcher in Syria

Video shows Israeli missile blowing up Iranian rocket launcher in SyriaIsrael has released video of the moment one of its missiles destroyed what they called an Iranian rocket launcher in Syria after accusing Tehran’s forces of attacking the Golan Heights earlier. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, said Iran had “crossed a red line” and that the resulting bombardment against targets in Syria “was a consequence”. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned: “If we get rain, they’ll get a flood.” The Israel Defence Forces released the video, which showed soldiers standing near “an SA22 aerial interception system” shortly before the missile blew it up.  The launcher is short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapons system.   The bombardment led to calls for calm from Russia, France, Germany and Britain and the European Union, while the United States put the blame squarely on Iran and stressed Israel’s right to “self-defence”. An image grab from a video released on May 10, 2018 by the “Central War Media” and broadcast on Syria’s official TV purportedly shows Syrian air defence systems intercepting Israeli missiles Credit: AFP Germany and Britain joined the United States in denouncing the rocket fire towards the Israel-occupied Golan Heights they also said was carried out by Iran, while France reiterated its “unwavering support for Israel’s security”. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone call that he did not want “new tensions” in the Middle East. Rouhani did not mention of Israel’s strikes in Syria, or those against the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. But the chairman of his country’s parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, Allaeddine Boroujerdi, condemned the strikes, warning that “Israel has entered a dangerous game”. Missile fire is seen from Damascus, Credit: Reuters The Israeli raids in Syria, which a monitor said killed 23 fighters, were one of the largest Israeli military operations in recent years and the biggest such assault on Iranian targets, the Israeli military said. “We hit nearly all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria,” Mr Lieberman said. “I hope we’ve finished this episode and everyone understood.”


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Daring missile strike by Iran signals it could become more aggressive and do everything it can to skirt US sanctions

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US warns China over reported missile deployment in South China Sea

US warns China over reported missile deployment in South China SeaThe White House has issued a warning to China over its increased military presence in the hotly contested South China Sea. “We’re well aware of China’s militarization of the South China Sea,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters, adding that there would be “near-term and long-term consequences” for the country. Ms Sanders was responding to reports that China had recently deployed missiles to three of the Spratly Islands – fortified outposts in the South China Sea where Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei have also claimed sovereignty.


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Beijing reportedly cements domination of the South China Sea with anti-ship missile deployment

  1. Beijing reportedly cements domination of the South China Sea with anti-ship missile deployment  Business Insider
  2. China installs missiles in South China Sea, says report  Financial Times
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Everything You Need to Know about the Cruise-Missile Strikes in Syria

Everything You Need to Know about the Cruise-Missile Strikes in SyriaRussia continues to insist that Syrian forces shot down a majority of the allied cruise missiles launched against the Assad regime by the United States, France and the United Kingdom on April 13, 2018. The Pentagon maintains that all of the missiles launched against Syria hit their targets. Russia claims that only twenty-two of the 105 allied missiles hit their targets.


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Missile strikes on Syria kill 26, mostly Iranian, forces

Missile strikes on Syria kill 26, mostly Iranian, forcesMissile strikes on central Syria killed 26 pro-regime fighters, most of them Iranians, a monitor said Monday, in a raid that bore the hallmarks of Tehran’s archfoe Israel. The Syrian regime, which denounced a “fresh aggression” after the strikes, meanwhile continued to flush out armed groups from the capital with more deals to transfer fighters to the country’s north. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, missile strikes hit two military targets in Aleppo and Hama provinces late Sunday.


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Syria war: 'Iranian personnel among dozens dead' in missile attacks

  1. Syria war: ‘Iranian personnel among dozens dead’ in missile attacks  BBC News
  2. Syria Army: ‘Enemy’ Missiles Strike Two Bases; Iranians Among Dozens Reportedly Killed  Haaretz
  3. Airstrikes hit military bases in northern Syria  Jewish Telegraphic Agency
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