Satellite PHOTOS of Damage Done to Damascus Airport by Israeli Strike Revealed

Watch Israel's Iron Dome fires interceptors at incoming rocket over civilians at a ski resort

Iran's retaliation came a few hours later with a surface to surface missile fired at the Golan Heights, which includes Israel's only ski resort.

Israel carried out strikes on alleged Iranian targets in Syria for two consecutive days starting on 20 January.

The Syrian Centre for Human Rights in London reported the number of people killed in the IDF attack had risen to at least 21 with 12 being identified as members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corp.

Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: "We're operating both against Iran and against the Syrian forces that are abetting the Iranian aggression".

Russia, which has repeatedly expressed its concerns about Israel's aggressive stance, especially after its jet was downed in September, said 30 Israeli cruise missiles and guided bombs were destroyed by Syrian air defense systems.

Israel is widely seen as using its airstrikes to deliver a message to the Iranians that it will not allow its forces to threaten Israel from within Syria as the United States prepares to pull out its troops.

"We have started striking Iranian Quds targets in Syrian territory", a military statement said. The missile was launched "by Iranian troops, not by proxies, not by Shiite militias, not by Syrian troops, but Iranian troops with an Iranian missile", Conricus said. "The area from which the Iranians fired their missile is an area that we have been promised the Iranians would not be present in". Russian Federation maintains that Israel did not notify it of the attack sufficiently in advance for the plane to distance itself from the scene of the strike.

At the end of a year ago Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon insisted that Israel would continue fighting Iranian troops in Syria even if the United States withdraws its forces from the country.

Last week, the prime minister warned Iran to "get out of Syria" unless it wanted to continue being attacked by Israel.

At this point, the recent developments along with the US decision brings about the question of whether Israel may become more aggressive and envisage going into an all-out-war with Iran in Syria. Gen. Aziz Nasirzadeh said his country was "fully ready and impatient to confront the Zionist regime and eliminate it from the earth". Iran has denied that any of its soldiers were killed, but recent statements don't suggest Teheran is backing down from the fight.

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