Damascus-Area Air Strike Targeted Missiles Trained on Israel

The reported air attacks came several hours after US President Donald Trump announced that the US is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement and re-imposing stiff economic sanctions on the country. According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Israeli missiles were fired at Iranian rocket launchers that were aimed toward Israel. It said that Syrian air defenses "blocked two Israeli missiles and is destroying them in the area of Al Kaswa in Damascus suburbs".

Suspected Israeli missiles targeted a Iran-linked army base south of Syria's capital, Damascus, on Tuesday, shortly after President Donald Trump said the USA would withdraw from the global nuclear deal with Iran.

While Israel did not confirm or deny the strikes, a state of alert was reported by its armed forces near the Syrian border.

Before Trump's announcement, bomb shelters in the Golan Heights were activated and opened by orders of the Israeli Defense Forces following Iranian troop movements in Syria.




"The IDF has detected irregular Iranian activity in Syria and is preparing the civilian population on the Golan Heights accordingly, as well as defensive systems", the IDF said Tuesday night.

In Washington, CNN reported on Tuesday that U.S. defence officials are seeing signs that Iran is preparing to strike Israel, possibly from Syria. Later, Iran accused Israel and revealed that they will also retaliate. On April 29, Israel was suspected of more strikes in Hama and Aleppo, reportedly killing at least 18 pro-Iranian fighters. A longtime enemy of Iran, Israel is supported by Washington in the decision.

In an interview late last month, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed to strike at any attempt by Iran to establish a "military foothold" in Syria.

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