Iranians killed in Israeli strikes in Syria, says monitor

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As a result of air strikes of Israel on Iranian facilities in Syria killed at least 27 people.

The initial report, which did not include the number of Iranian casualties, was updated "due to the death of wounded or missing persons whose deaths have been confirmed", the observatory's director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran had "crossed a red line" and that Israel's bombardment against targets in Syria was "a consequence".

Israel said it destroyed almost all of Iran's military infrastructure in the strikes which were launched in response to 20 missiles fired at the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

"Throw the Iranians out, do away with Qassem Suleimani and the Quds Force", Liberman added before sending a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad: "They are only hurting you, and all their presence will only bring problems and damage".

The Jewish state has long warned it will not accept Iran entrenching itself militarily in neighbouring Syria, where the Islamic Republic backs Assad's regime in the country's seven-year civil war.

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The cabinet also pointed out that Iran's agenda has changed following Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear agreement.

"I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal", Trump said Tuesday in a televised address from the White House.

Iran says it is ready to restart its nuclear programme on an "industrial scale". Israel however, which has always been concerned about Iranian influence in the Middle East welcomed Trump's decision.

Imad Moustapha told Russia's Sputnik news agency on Friday that Syria would shoot down missiles fired by Tel Aviv and target the regime's warplanes that violate the Syrian airspace.

Southern Syria was quiet but tense, with monitors saying Syrian, Iranian and allied Lebanese forces from Hezbollah were on high alert.

The Syrian ambassador to China says Damascus will not "hesitate" to avenge Israeli attacks, stressing the nation's right to self-defense against any act of aggression.

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