At least 11 Iranians were among those killed in unprecedented Israeli strikes on Syria this week, an activist group said on Saturday.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said today the new death toll from attacks early Thursday was 27, including at least 11 Iranians and six Syrian soldiers.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran had "crossed a red line" and that Israel's bombardment against targets in Syria was "a consequence".
We will remind, on the night of 10 may, the IDF attacked dozens of military targets belonging to the Iranian forces of al-Quds in Syria, in response to the shelling of their positions in the Golan heights.
"Already this week, the IRGC has fired rockets at Israeli citizens, and Iran's proxies in Yemen have launched a ballistic missile at Riyadh", it said, referring to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Another reason for the change is the fact that Iran is now isolated from the world in everything related to Syria, and the global community's support for the Israeli airstrikes in the Arab country further stressed Iran's isolation.
Israeli forces have been blamed for a series of recent strikes inside Syria that have killed Iranians, though it has not acknowledged those raids.
The decision came days after US President Donald Trump abandoned the deal that curbs the country's nuclear ambitions.
Analysts say Israel feels it has a green light from Washington to move more aggressively against Iran's presence in Syria, particularly after Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal.
The White House on Friday slammed Iran for its "reckless actions" that it warned pose a "severe threat" to stability in Middle East.
Southern Syria was quiet but tense, with monitors saying Syrian, Iranian and allied Lebanese forces from Hezbollah were on high alert. "The Israeli claim was made to portray its attacks on Syria as an attempt to contain Iran, thus winning the approval of the United States and the Saudis", he said. "Syria has every right to defend itself", state TV reported foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying.