Israeli airstrikes target Iranian military installations in Syria

The Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked nearly all of Iran’s military installations in neighboring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the occupied Golan Heights, in the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.

Israel said the targets of the strikes, its largest in Syria since the 1973 war, included weapons storage, logistics sites and intelligence centers used by elite Iranian forces in Syria. It also said it destroyed several Syrian air-defense systems after coming under heavy fire and that none of its warplanes were hit. (AP)

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<p>An Israeli soldier walks in an old military outpost, used for visitors to view the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, near the border with Syria, Thursday, May 10, 2018. (Photo: Ariel Schalit/AP) </p>
Israeli airstrikes target Iranian military installations in Syria

An Israeli soldier walks in an old military outpost, used for visitors to view the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, near the border with Syria, Thursday, May 10, 2018. (Photo: Ariel Schalit/AP)

<p>An Israeli Tank drives in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, near the border with Syria, Thursday, May 10, 2018. (Photo: Ariel Schalit/AP) </p>
Israeli airstrikes target Iranian military installations in Syria

An Israeli Tank drives in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, near the border with Syria, Thursday, May 10, 2018. (Photo: Ariel Schalit/AP)

<p>An Israeli soldier runs to direct a M113 armored personal vehicle near the Syrian border in the Israel-annexed Golan Heights on May 10, 2018. Israel’s army said today it had carried out widespread raids against Iranian targets in Syria overnight after rocket fire towards its forces it blamed on Iran, marking a sharp escalation between the two enemies. Israel carried out the raids after it said around 20 rockets, either Fajr or Grad type, were fired from Syria at its forces in the occupied Golan Heights at around midnight. (Photo: Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Israeli airstrikes target Iranian military installations in Syria

An Israeli soldier runs to direct a M113 armored personal vehicle near the Syrian border in the Israel-annexed Golan Heights on May 10, 2018. Israel’s army said today it had carried out widespread raids against Iranian targets in Syria overnight after rocket fire towards its forces it blamed on Iran, marking a sharp escalation between the two enemies. Israel carried out the raids after it said around 20 rockets, either Fajr or Grad type, were fired from Syria at its forces in the occupied Golan Heights at around midnight. (Photo: Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Israeli soldiers walk among armored vehicles in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel, May 10, 2018. (Photo: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters) </p>
Israeli airstrikes target Iranian military installations in Syria

Israeli soldiers walk among armored vehicles in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel, May 10, 2018. (Photo: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)

<p>An Israeli soldier stands next to signs pointing out distances to different cities, on Mount Bental, an observation post in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that overlooks the Syrian side of the Quneitra crossing, Israel, May 10, 2018. (Photo: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters) </p>
Israeli airstrikes target Iranian military installations in Syria

An Israeli soldier stands next to signs pointing out distances to different cities, on Mount Bental, an observation post in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that overlooks the Syrian side of the Quneitra crossing, Israel, May 10, 2018. (Photo: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)

<p>An Iron Dome anti-missile system can be seen near the Israeli side of the border with Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel, May 9, 2018. (Photo: Amir Cohen/Reuters) </p>
Israeli airstrikes target Iranian military installations in Syria

An Iron Dome anti-missile system can be seen near the Israeli side of the border with Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel, May 9, 2018. (Photo: Amir Cohen/Reuters)

<p>Israeli soldiers walk next to tanks near the Israeli side of the border with Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel, May 9, 2018. (Photo: Amir Cohen/Reuters) </p>
Israeli airstrikes target Iranian military installations in Syria

Israeli soldiers walk next to tanks near the Israeli side of the border with Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel, May 9, 2018. (Photo: Amir Cohen/Reuters)

<p>Israeli soldiers stand on tanks in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel, May 10, 2018. (Photo: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters) </p>
Israeli airstrikes target Iranian military installations in Syria

Israeli soldiers stand on tanks in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel, May 10, 2018. (Photo: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)

<p>Israeli forces patrol the border with Lebanon, near Kfar Kila, Lebanon, May 9, 2018. (Photo: Karamallah Daher/Reuters) </p>
Israeli airstrikes target Iranian military installations in Syria

Israeli forces patrol the border with Lebanon, near Kfar Kila, Lebanon, May 9, 2018. (Photo: Karamallah Daher/Reuters)

<p>Lebanese soldiers inspect remains of a surface to air missile that landed in the southern Lebanese village of Hebarieh, early on May 10, 2018. Dozens of rockets were fired from Syria on the Israeli-occupied Golan overnight, a war monitor said, without confirming Israeli reports they were fired by Iranian forces. “After the first Israeli bombardment on the town of Baath, dozens of rockets were launched from Quneitra and the southwest of the adjacent Damascus countryside on the occupied part of the Golan Heights,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Israel said it was in retaliation for Iranian rocket fire from the Quneitra area that it launched missile strikes on Iranian military infrastructure in Syria. (Photo: Ali Dia/ FP/Getty Images) </p>
Israeli airstrikes target Iranian military installations in Syria

Lebanese soldiers inspect remains of a surface to air missile that landed in the southern Lebanese village of Hebarieh, early on May 10, 2018. Dozens of rockets were fired from Syria on the Israeli-occupied Golan overnight, a war monitor said, without confirming Israeli reports they were fired by Iranian forces. “After the first Israeli bombardment on the town of Baath, dozens of rockets were launched from Quneitra and the southwest of the adjacent Damascus countryside on the occupied part of the Golan Heights,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Israel said it was in retaliation for Iranian rocket fire from the Quneitra area that it launched missile strikes on Iranian military infrastructure in Syria. (Photo: Ali Dia/ FP/Getty Images)

<p>Missile fire is seen from Damascus, Syria May 10, 2018. (Photo: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters) </p>
Israeli airstrikes target Iranian military installations in Syria

Missile fire is seen from Damascus, Syria May 10, 2018. (Photo: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters)

<p>This photo provided early Thursday, May 10, 2018, by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows missiles rise into the sky as Israeli missiles hit air defense position and other military bases, in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Syrian Central Military Media, via AP) </p>
Syria

This photo provided early Thursday, May 10, 2018, by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows missiles rise into the sky as Israeli missiles hit air defense position and other military bases, in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)

<p>Syrian air defense missiles are seen in the sky over the capital Damascus, Syria, 10 May 2018. According to Syrian official media reports, the air defense was responding to a new wave of Israeli missile strikes. (Photo: Youssef Badawi/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Israeli airstrikes target Iranian military installations in Syria

Syrian air defense missiles are seen in the sky over the capital Damascus, Syria, 10 May 2018. According to Syrian official media reports, the air defense was responding to a new wave of Israeli missile strikes. (Photo: Youssef Badawi/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>This photo provided early Thursday, May 10, 2018, by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows missiles rise into the sky as Israeli missiles hit air defense position and other military bases, in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Syrian Central Military Media, via AP) </p>
Syria

This photo provided early Thursday, May 10, 2018, by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows missiles rise into the sky as Israeli missiles hit air defense position and other military bases, in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)

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