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Israel-Iran crisis LIVE: UN calls for immediate halt to all hostile acts in Middle East after IDF air strikes – Trump Latest News

Israel-Iran crisis LIVE: UN calls for immediate halt to all hostile acts in Middle East after IDF air strikes – Trump Latest News

The chief of the UN has called for an immediate halt to “all hostile acts” in the Middle East, a day after Israeli forces bombed Iranian military targets inside Syria.

Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary-general, asked for the halt to avoid “a new conflagration” in the region following the most extensive military exchange between Israel and Iran.

Israel said the strikes were retaliation for an Iranian rocket barrage on its positions in the occupied Golan Heights. It was the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter rivals to date and risks direct clashes which could swiftly escalate.

It comes as Hamas’ leader in the Gaza Strip hinted at the possibility thousands of Palestinians could breach the border fence with Israel during mass protests this week.

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Iran supports Syria’s right to defended itself against Israel’s aggression, state TV reported, accusing the international community of remaining silent over Israel’s attacks on Tehran’s key regional ally.

“Iran strongly condemns …[Israel’s] attacks on Syria. The international community’s silence encourages Israel’s aggression. Syria has every right to defend itself,” the broadcaster quoted a spokesman for the foreign ministry, Bahram Qasemi, as saying.

Within Israel itself, the leader of Hamas in Gaza has hinted at the possibility that thousands of Palestinians could breach the border fence during mass protests this week.

The European Union called reports about Iranian strikes against Israeli army posts from inside Syria “extremely worrying” and said Israel had the right to defend itself.

It also called on all regional actors to show restraint and avoid any escalation.

“Reports about last night’s Iranian attacks against Israeli army posts from inside Syria, to which Israel responded by striking against Iranian targets in Syria, are extremely worrying,” said a spokeswoman for the bloc’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini.

Israel’s UN ambassador is calling on the UN Security Council and the secretary-general to immediately condemn Iran’s missile attack and demand Tehran remove its military presence from Syria. 

 

Danny Danon said in letters to the council and the UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, that “the international community must not stand idly by while a tyrannical regime attacks a sovereign nation and continues to threaten the very existence of a member-state of the United Nations.” 

 

Mr Danon said “Israel is not interested in escalation, but under no circumstances will we allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria whose purpose is to attack Israel and to deteriorate an already fragile situation in the region.” 

 

The Security Council, which is deeply divided over Syria, is highly unlikely to issue a statement and no council member has asked for a meeting on the missile attacks against Israel and Syria.

Here’s our Middle East reporter, Bethan McKernan, reporting on the strikes yesterday: 

Good morning, and welcome to our coverage of the escalating tensions in the Middle East between Israel and Iran. 

 

The UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, has urged an immediate halt to “all hostile acts” to avoid “a new conflagration” in the Middle East.

 

It comes after Israeli forces bombed Iranian targets inside Syria, in strikes Israel said were a retaliation for an Iranian rocket barrage on its positions in the occupied Golan Heights. 

Britain supports Israel’s right to defend itself against Iranian aggression, Theresa May, the prime minister, told her Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Israel said it had attacked nearly all of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria on Thursday after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeli-held territory for the first time.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which closely monitors the civil war through sources inside Syria, said 23 fighters, including five Syrian soldiers, were killed. It was not immediately clear if any Iranians were among the dead. 

The confrontation came two days after Donald Trump announced the United States would withdraw, with Israel’s encouragement, from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

The British statement said Ms May and Mr Netanyahu “agreed it was vital for the international community to continue working together to counter Iran’s destabilising regional activity, and for Russia to use its influence in Syria to prevent further Iranian attacks”.

The statement added that Ms May had “reiterated our position on the Iran nuclear deal, noting that we and our European partners remain firmly committed to ensuring the deal is upheld, as the best way of preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon”.

The White House swiftly condemned Iran’s “provocative rocket attacks from Syria against Israeli citizens” and expressed strong support for “Israel’s right to act in self-defence,” while Russia said the Israeli strikes marked a dangerous escalation and urged both Israel and Iran to avoid provoking each other. 

In a statement, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said “the Iranian regime’s deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and highly dangerous development for the entire Middle East.” 

Additional reporting by agencies


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