I can’t help but get the impression that Israel is looking for a regional war- And the US and UK will back them up. Including, possibly targeting the Assad government– The US has one warship present, another on the way. May already be there, not sure
The UK is sending ships as well – Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels RFA Argus and RFA Lyme Bay are being deployed to support Israel in the Eastern Mediterranean
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is deploying two Royal Navy ships and surveillance aircraft to the eastern Mediterranean to support Israel and reinforce regional stability, his Downing Street office said on Thursday.
The military package, which includes P8 surveillance planes, other surveillance assets, two auxiliary ships, three Merlin helicopters and a company of Royal Marines, will be on standby in the region to provide “practical support to Israel … and offer deterrence and assurance,”
According to reports in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, these cautionary messages were delivered to Hezbollah’s leadership through high-ranking officials within the French government. These messages also contained a clear threat of utilizing the considerable naval power of the United States to deter and inflict harm upon Hezbollah and the Assad regime, led by Bashar in Damascus
The messages conveyed a clear warning: “In the event that Hezbollah decides to enter the conflict, Israel will take action to dismantle the Assad regime, which is a key ally of the party in Damascus. Israel’s response may extend to the point of targeting and neutralizing Bashar al-Assad’s personal security detail.”
Hezbollah and Hamas are not allied. Not that I’ve ever known of. Different groups. Different philosophies. Different versions of Islam
Israel’s airstrikes on Syria on Thursday violated its sovereignty and international law, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
According to the ministry, Israel’s air force damaged the runways of Damascus and Aleppo international airports, forcing them to suspend operations.
“In the context of the sharp escalation of the situation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict zone, such forceful actions may lead to extremely dangerous consequences, as they could provoke an armed escalation throughout the region. That must never be allowed to happen,” the ministry said.
Israeli strikes knocked Syria’s two main airports out of service on Thursday, Syrian state media said
The “simultaneous” strikes “damaged landing strips in the two airports, putting them out of service”, state media said, citing an unidentified military source.
Flights were re-routed through Latakia airport on the Mediterranean coast, according to Syria’s transport ministry.
Israel’s ambassador to Germany, Ron Prosor, confirmed the strike on Damascus airport, saying it was intended to thwart “weapons deliveries from Iran”.