Israel's Netanyahu says bombing Iranians in Syria is preventing a massive religious war

Business Insider | 4/30/2018 | Reuters
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Israel has attacked Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim militias in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

He cast such actions as potentially helping to stem a Syrian Sunni Muslim refugee exodus to Europe.

Netanyahu - Iran - Damascus - Beat - Rebellion

Netanyahu accused Iran, which has been helping Damascus beat back a seven-year-old rebellion, of bringing in 80,000 Shi'ite fighters from countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan to mount attacks against Israel and "convert" Syria's Sunni majority.

He said Iran's actions could bring about a religious war that would send more refugees abroad.

JERUSALEM - Reuters - Israel - Iranian-backed - Shi'ite

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has attacked Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim militias in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, casting such actions as potentially helping to stem a Syrian Sunni Muslim refugee exodus to Europe.

Israeli officials have previously disclosed scores of air strikes within Syria to prevent suspected arms transfers to Lebanon's Shi'ite Hezbollah guerrillas or Iranian military deployments.

Detail - Operations - Militiamen

But they have rarely given detail on the operations, or described non-Lebanese militiamen as having been targeted.

Netanyahu accused Iran, which has been helping Damascus beat back a seven-year-old rebellion, of bringing in 80,000 Shi'ite fighters from countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan to mount attacks against Israel and "convert" Syria's Sunni majority.

Recipe - Re-inflammation - War

"That is a recipe for a re-inflammation of another civil war - I should say a theological...
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