Iran does not want 'new tensions' in Mideast, says Rouhani

The Israeli strikes came after Iranian rocket attack strikes on the Israeli-held Golan Heights.

According to the newspaper, the officials justified the strike by saying Iran had transferred surface-to-air missiles - with a range of 110 kilometers - to the airbase shortly before the attack.

He called for the Iranian regime to "refrain from further actions which will only lead to increased instability in the region".

A hard-line Iranian cleric threatened his country would retaliate if Israel "does anything foolish". It still has a considerable amount of rockets in Syria and is constantly bringing in more weapons and more military personnel from Iran. It also attacked Syrian anti-aircraft batteries after they entered the fray.

Similarly, the United Kingdom has condemned Iran for the firing of missiles against Israel, saying it supported Israel's retaliatory response.

The Israeli military didn't confirm the strike; it has a policy against commenting on Syrian airstrikes.

However, if the Syrian military acts against us, we will act against it. The Syrian army, by contrast, said three people had died. "The intensity of the blasts and their repetition was stressful", said one resident, who declined to be named for security reasons.

"It didn't have a horse in that race, feeling no love for Assad, but fearing the chaos that might follow him", Sachs said.

Bauchard said Iran will exercise a "certain prudence to avoid an escalation which they could not counter".

Although the fighting raised concerns of further escalation, it remained relatively contained. Israel wants to prevent that but also has a long-standing conflict with Iran that dates back to the Iranian Revolution in 1979. Schools and shops in the area were open as normal Thursday, while some tourists appeared unconcerned. They tried again on Wednesday night, firing 20 rockets at IDF positions on the Golan Heights. Tel Aviv blamed Thursday's attack on Iran's powerful Quds Force - the external branch of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The confrontation came two days after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 multinational agreement aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear programme. "That encouraged Tehran to be careful".

"It's in Israel's interest to keep the conflict in Syria, where Israel has an overwhelming advantage", Indyk said.

Netanyahu said a "clear message" was delivered to the Assad regime - that Israel's action was directed against Iranian targets in Syria.

Horowitz said Israel's strategy is twofold. For too long, USA policy has all but entirely ignored the Iranian buildup in Syria and neighboring countries.

Iran was the most influential foreign country to support the Assad regime until Russian Federation stepped up its efforts to help Assad.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated that point Thursday.

Number 10 also urged Russian Federation to use its influence in Syria to rein in Iranian aggression.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Friday urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to expel Iranian forces from his country, after Israeli air strikes hit alleged Iranian targets in Syria, reports AFP.

Iran on Friday supported Syria's right to defended itself against Israel's aggression, state TV reported, accusing the worldwide community of remaining silent over Israel's attacks on Tehran's key regional ally.

  • Leroy Wright