Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel carried out widespread deadly raids against what it said were Iranian targets in Syria on Thursday after rocket fire towards its forces which it blamed on Iran, marking a sharp escalation between the two enemies.
The incident came after weeks of rising tensions and followed US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a key 2015 Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, a move Israel had long advocated.
It led to immediate calls for restraint from Russia, France and Germany. "The escalation of the last hours shows us that it's really about war and peace," warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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