Both Moscow and Damascus claim that most of the Israeli missiles that were fired at Iranian targets in Syria were intercepted. However, there is a disagreement between the Syrian Army and a war monitor about the number of fatalities.

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Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday that 28 Israeli fighter jets participated in the overnight raids on Iranian targets in Syria, firing 60 missiles. In addition, 10 surface-to-surface missiles were fired from Israel into Syrian territory.

A senior Russian official told the RIA news agency that over half of the air-to-surface missiles were shot down by Syrian air defense systems. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least 23 people, including two Syrian Army officers and three soldiers, were killed in the raids. Rami Abdulrahman, the director of the war monitor, added that the other 18 people were militants, but it is still unclear whether Iranians were among them.

However, the Syrian Army is insisting that only three people were killed in the Israeli raids. The military reiterated the Russian claim that most of the missiles were intercepted by its defense forces.

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Israeli fighter jet Photo Credit: Yissachar Ruas/TPS

France and Germany were among the first European countries to comment on the direct Israeli-Iranian clash. While France called on both sides to work to de-escalate the situation and avoid further violence, Berlin took a stand against Iran. In a statement, the German Foreign Ministry condemned the large-scale Iranian attack on Israel, calling it a clear “provocation.” The ministry also stressed that Israel has a right to defend itself against acts of aggression.

On Thursday evening, the high-level security cabinet in Israel will meet to discuss the situation and recent developments.