Netanyahu visited Moscow Wednesday to attend celebrations marking the WWII victory anniversary.
French President Emmanuel Macron called on Thursday morning for a "de-escalation" between Israel and Iran, the French presidency said. Iran had vowed retaliation after seven of its soldiers were killed by an Iranian airstrike in April. Echoing his comments, the army also claimed that the attack had set back Iranian military capabilities by "many months". Russia's defence ministry said Syria had shot down more than half of the missiles fired by Israel, RIA news agency reported.
Israel launched counterattacks, smashing over 50 Iranian-linked military sites, after 20 missiles were launched at Israel from an Iranian-manned base outside of Damascus. Merkel called for talks to be held in a broader format on Iran's ballistic missile programme and its regional activities - including in Syria and Yemen, her office said in a statement. "The escalations of the past few hours show us that it is truly about war and peace".
But a military source told the official Sana news agency that some missiles had hit a number of air defence battalions, radars and an ammunition depot.
In response, the IDF has attacked several aerial intercept systems (SA-5, SA-2, SA-22, SA-17) belonging to the Syrian Army.
Mayhoub did not say whether Iranian forces or Iran-backed militiamen were among those killed or wounded. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least eight Iranians were killed in the attack.
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Russian Federation has also sent forces to Syria to back the Assad regime.
The Thursday attack was a major Israeli-Syrian confrontation since the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
The targeted positions are believed to be manned by Iranians, their allied Lebanese Hezbollah and government forces, the Britain-based watchdog said.
From Mount Bental on the Golan Heights, Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus pointed out where he said an Iranian rocket salvo had fired toward Israel just after midnight. "I hope that we have finished this chapter and that everyone got the message".
Both Russia and Iran have provided crucial military support to Assad's forces.
Condemning the Iranian regime's provocative rocket attacks from Syria against Israeli citizens, the USA has strongly supported Israel's "right to act in self-defence". This is the first time Israel has directly accused Iran of firing toward Israeli territory. The only statement that came from the Israeli military was that it witnessed "abnormal movements of Iranian forces in Syria".