Reuters reports that “Syrian state media accused Israel of launching missiles at a target near Damascus on Tuesday, shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he was quitting the Iranian nuclear deal, a move that had prompted Israel to go on high alert.
The Israeli military said that, upon identifying “irregular activity” by Iranian forces in Syria, it instructed civic authorities on the Golan Heights to ready bomb shelters, deployed new defenses and mobilized some reservist forces.
Israel’s top general, Gadi Eizenkott, canceled a scheduled appearance at an annual security conference and was conferring with Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and other national security chiefs, officials said.
Trump’s hard tack against the nuclear deal, while welcomed by Israel, has stirred fears of a possible regional flare-up.
Explosions have been felt in the southern area of Damascus. According to Syrian media, mentioned by the Israeli media. According to some reports in Syria – reported by Haaretz – Israeli jets would have entered Syrian airspace.
Syrian TV reported on the Israeli raids near Damascus, adding that the anti-aircraft defence destroyed two missiles.
The Syrian official news agency, Sana, reported that the Israeli attack last night took place in the Kisweh campaign, south of Damascus. According to a source close to the Iranians, the raids targeted a government military post, but only caused material damage.
There has not yet been a comment from Israel, which in the past has neither confirmed nor denied attacks on Syrian territory. The attack comes just hours after the announcement by US President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear agreement.