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Israel had been bracing for a possible Iranian "revenge" attack after the Islamic Republic accused the Jewish state of having attacked one of its bases in Syria on April 9 in which nine Iranian commanders were said to have been killed.

Expectations of a regional flare-up were stoked by US President Donald Trump's announcement on Tuesday he was withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal.

Israel said early Thursday that Iran's Quds Force fired 20 rockets at Israeli front-line military positions in the Golan Heights. Was dealt a blow in response, later, the Syrian media reported that the air defense of the country reflect a missile attack of Israel.

The Golan Heights is considered Israeli-occupied territory, taken from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Israeli warplanes hit the rocket launcher that fired the barrage at its troops as well as dozens of other targets in Syria, including Iranian military and intelligence sites.

It said the rockets followed a "first Israeli bombardment on the town of Baath" in Syria's Quneitra Governorate.

The US has responded to the Iranian attack on the Golan Heights with a statement calling it "provocative" and expressing "strong support for Israel". The Quds Force, an external arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, carried out the rocket salvo, Israel said.

In Damascus, a Greek reporter asked President Bashar al-Assad if Syria would be the venue for world war three.

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If confirmed, the incident would be the first time Iran has sought to directly attack Israeli-controlled territory, aside from an alleged attempted drone attack in February.

"Israel has hit nearly all of Iran's infrastructure in Syria", Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Thursday morning. "I hope we have finished with this round and that everybody understood".

This was the largest Israeli operation in Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Israel has acknowledged carrying out over 100 airstrikes in neighbouring Syria since the civil war erupted in 2011, most believed to be aimed at suspected Iranian weapons shipments bound for the Hezbollah militant group.

The bombardment led to immediate calls for restraint from Russia, France, Germany and Britain, while the United States put the blame squarely on Iran and stressed Israel's right to "self-defence". And Israel afraid that with a growing Iran's presence in Syria, Syria would become another front for confrontation with Israel and therefore Israel tries to prevent the consolidation of Iran in Syria.

In response, Israel has conducted numerous airstrikes in Syria over the past six years. But it also emphasizes the diminishing USA influence in Syria - and the region in general. According to the observatory, at least fifteen people, of whom eight were Iranian, were killed.

The two sides have been on a collision course for months.

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