london - Global oil prices fell on Tuesday as dealers took profits after a recent rally on robust US jobs data and rising tensions in the Middle East, analysts said.

Brent North Sea crude for delivery in June dropped 28 cents to $105.18 a barrel in London midday deals. New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for June shed 42 cents to $95.67 a barrel.

“People are squaring up on what has been a fairly good rally,” said David Lennox, an analyst at research group Fat Prophets.

“Strong payroll numbers from the United States took the market a little by surprise. The US has been weak for so long, so dealers are waiting for that consistent growth,” he told AFP. The US Labor Department reported on Friday that the US economy had added 165,000 jobs in April, and revised sharply upwards its numbers for the previous two months, helping to send the unemployment rate down to 7.5 percent. The data offered a brighter picture of the jobs situation in the world’s biggest economy and largest oil consuming nation than in March. Traders were also watching the developments in the oil-producing Middle East after Syria warned it would respond to Israeli air strikes Sunday against military targets near Damascus.

A senior Israeli source said the raids targeted Iranian weapons destined for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.