Israeli sources say Iran strike on Syria hit only one or two targets

Image fournie par la télévision d'Etat iranienne montrant un tir de missile iranien sur les positions des islamistes de l'EI en Syrie, le 18 juin 2017
In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Monday not to threaten Israel

According to Israeli sources, Iran’s barrage of missiles Sunday evening targeting Islamic State terror bases in Syria, only managed to hit one or two of its targets, Israeli media reported on Tuesday.  

According to Iranian state TV, Iran fired six missiles in apparent retaliation for a deadly twin attack carried out by the group in Tehran in which 17 people were killed.

Iranian media reported that it was the first time the country's armed forces had used such missiles outside its country in thirty years.

The strike was described by Gen. Ramazan Sharif of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as “successful,” but “limited,” but security sources in Israel breathed a sigh of relief as the missile strike didn’t hit all its intended targets as Iran claimed, reported Ynet News.  

Political sources told Israel’s Walla! News on Monday that the strike was intended as a message of intimidation towards Tehran’s enemies in the region, primarily Saudi Arabia, as well as a test of the new US administration under Donald Trump.

In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Monday not to threaten Israel.

"I have one message for Iran: Don’t threaten Israel," Netanyahu said, reported AFP.

Netanyahu often warns that Iran presents a threat to Israel and world stability. Iran's missiles also have the capability of striking Israel.

Contrary to the prime minister, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel was not worried by the Iranian strike.

"Israel is prepared for every development,"  Lieberman told members of his right-wing Yisrael Beitenu party on Monday.


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