Britain says it supports Israel's right to defend itself against Iran

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Amid a rapid escalation of regional tensions, the strikes have thrust a simmering shadow war out into the open.

The Iranian foreign minister will commence a diplomatic tour in an attempt to restore the nuclear deal amid high tensions due to the USA withdrawal and global concerns over announcements of clashes with Israel in Syria that were unprecedented.

Tehran accused Israel of having carried out the attack but Israel, as per its known policy, did not accept or deny any responsibility. When the conflict in Syria boiled into a full-blown civil war, Iran took advantage of the support it was giving to Assad's government to put facilities of its own in Syria. We'll see if they grasp that, or if their seething hatred of America, of Israel and of Jews prompts them to take aggressive actions that will invite a military response by their adversaries.

Israel said it attacked Iranian intelligence facilities and logistics compounds, a military base and other posts, as well as munition storage warehouses of the Quds forces at Damascus global airport.

A showdown had seemed inevitable between the two Middle East powers.

"There are American interests in Syria and if there is a larger war, I don't think even the American president can bear the consequences", he said.

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"Iran strongly condemns ...(Israel's) attacks on Syria". Guterres' comments came as a calm night followed intense attacks on parts of Syria by Israel. Nuriel said that the Israel response came with a "message, "We will not have the Quds Force build up their capabilities; could not let them have Hezbollah number 2 in this area". That revolution overthrew the monarchy in Iran and replaced it with the Islamic Republic.

Immediately after Trump's announcement Tuesday, Israel declared high alert over "irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria", instructing authorities to "unlock and ready" bomb shelters in the Golan Heights, which it has occupied since 1967.

There are no reports of Israeli casualties in the rocket strikes.

The United Nations, Western nations and Saudi Arabia say Iran supplies the Houthis with long-range missiles capable of reaching Riyadh.

There may not be much Iran can do about President Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, but across the Middle East, it has a variety of ways it can hit back at the United States and America's regional allies.

At least 23 people were reported killed in the overnight strikes, 18 of whom were identified as foreigners, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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The Middle East was becoming very unsafe, said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, adding that there was no "Plan B" in response to Trump's move and that France wanted to keep the accord alive even without Washington on board. Monday will see the official opening of the new US embassy building in Jerusalem, another occasion that could be hijacked by Palestinian groups, including Iran-backed terrorist organizations, to provoke chaos.

Israel has long warned it will not accept Iran entrenching itself militarily in Syria.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also said in remarks early this week that the IRGC has moved advanced weapons into Syria.

Israel and its U.S. ally believe the Lebanese Shiite militia is amassing weapons on Lebanon's southern border in preparation for a new war after a deadly conflict with Israel in 2006.

Eurasia Group puts a major conflict at 35 percent probability, in which escalated Iranian attacks trigger prolonged Israeli airstrikes in an effort to "deliver a knockout blow" to Iran's presence.

UNIFIL now has 10,500 troops on the ground, monitoring the truce and helping Lebanese troops secure the borders.

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