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The perennial Iran-Israel confrontation appears to have reached new depths in the early hours of 10 May when the Iranian Quds Force purportedly launched a barrage of rockets into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Four of the 20 rockets were intercepted by Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ missile defense system while the other 16 either fell in Syrian territory or harmlessly in the Golani countryside, claims the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), who responded by launching what the Tel Aviv-daily Haaretz called “the most extensive strike in Syria in decades.”
Unsurprisingly, the incident is shrouded in mystery. The White House insists the Iranian Revolutionary Guard bears “full responsibility” for the “provocative rocket attacks”, yet Iranian officials have denied the attack altogether. “Iran does not have any connection to the missiles fired at Israel,” the deputy head of Iran’s National Security Council says, adding that it is “the Syrian army that fired missiles.” The IDF says the attacks came from Iranian positions around the nearby Druze village of Khader, but concrete evidence has yet to emerge—discounting a few grainy videos taken in the dead of night.
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