> The shadow war fought between Iran and Israel has now moved into open conflict. An Iranian rocket attack from within Syria is the first time it struck at Israel in such a manner. This video, taken from Damascus, is thought to show the heavy Israeli response. Stephen Farrell is in the Reuters Jerusalem Bureau.
>> These were the heaviest Israeli air strikes into Syria since the start of the Syrian Civil War eight years ago. Israel has long feared that Iran is trying to turn Syria into a new front against Israel. And since Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal, there's been a sense of a green light, a sense that Israel feels freer to act in Syria to strike against Iran and its interests there.
>> Israel says the rocket attack on the Golan Heights was conducted by an Iranian special forces unit stationed across the Syrian border. An area that butts up against Lebanon where Iran already supports the heavily armed Hesbola Group. Lebanese soldiers are seen here inspecting wreckage thought to be rockets that landed on their territory during the exchange.
Israel is in a difficult position, as Iran is allied to both the Syrian government and Russia. And Israel has cordial relations with Russia. The attacks came immediately after a visit from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Moscow. But Tehran would also be taking that relationship into account.>> Although it is an escalation, the Iranian strikes were a one-off, and they were targeted at the very edge of the Golan Heights.
That suggests that somebody, somewhere was calibrating the strike. They didn't aim for major population centers. They weren't apparently trying to suck Israel into what might have been a much bigger retaliation.>> Israel says it suffered no losses, and hit dozens of Iranian and Syrian sites in its counterattack.
Syria's military says three people were killed on their side of the border, but offered no other details.