White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described the airstrikes as "provocative rocket attacks from Syria against Israeli citizens" and expressed strong support for "Israel's right to act in self-defense". "The US supports them and will support any action aimed at self-defense".
Official Syrian Arab News Agency photos from May 10, 2018 purportedly show Syrian air defense systems intercepting Israeli missiles.
Syrian state media said Israeli missile strikes had hit military bases as well as an arms depot and a military radar installation, without specifying where. One TV station, Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen, said at least 50 missiles were fired from Syria at Israeli forces in the Golan Heights.
Reflecting the scope of the overnight attacks, Russia's military said 28 Israeli jets were involved, striking at several Iranian and government sites in Syria with 70 missiles.
But Abolfazl Hassan Beige, a member of Iran's parliamentary national security committee, accused Israel of "lying" about the strikes, denying any Iranian involvement in Wednesday's alleged missile attack in the Golan Heights.
Unconfirmed reports said Thursday that the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force is pulling out of the Golan Heights. Nuriel said that the Israel response came with a "message, "We will not have the Quds Force build up their capabilities; could not let them have Hezbollah number 2 in this area".
Russian Federation sent forces to Syria to back President Bashar Assad in 2015. No one on the Israeli side was reported to have been injured.
There are three recorded deaths and two injuries in Syria due to Israeli missiles.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran had crossed a "red line" by firing rockets at Israeli forces from Syria, leading to major Israeli air strikes on Thursday in the neighbouring country. He added, "I hope we have finished with this round and that everybody understood".
The IDF "suffered no casualties", either on the ground or in the air, and that no rockets fired from Syria made any impact in Israeli territory, a spokesman said, adding that "all of our planes returned home safely".
In an hour after President Donald Trump opted-out of the nuclear agreement with Iran, Israel [VIDEO] launched an attack on Syria.
The dead include five Syrian soldiers and 18 non-Syrian allies, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The intent: both to set-back the development of Iran's military infrastructure in the country, but also clearly to send a powerful signal to Tehran.
Russian Federation said 28 Israeli F-15 and F-16 planes took part in the raids with a total of around 70 missiles fired. "It means we are on a collision course".