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Israel conducts airstrikes near Syrian capital Damascus, reports say

11 May 2018, 04:23 | Colleen Roy

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Iranian forces in Syria launched a rocket attack on Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights early on Thursday, Israel said, prompting one of the heaviest Israeli barrages against Syria since the conflict there began in 2011.

"We have retaliated, but I have no further details about this", he said, according to Reuters. A preliminary assessment found there was minimal damage, he added.

The incident comes shortly after President Donald Trump announced that he would be withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and enact fresh sanctions against "the leading state sponsor of terror".

According to the Haaretz, the alleged Israeli strike was "thwarting a potential Iranian attack". "This event is not over".

A poll taken just after Trump made the announcement Tuesday showed, if elections were held today, Likud would win 42 seats, nearly twice as many as any other party in the Knesset, which has 120 seats.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus says Syrian air defenses fired dozens of anti-aircraft missiles, but no Israeli planes were harmed.

Earlier, Syria's state news agency said rockets suspected to have been fired from Israel had hit southern Syria's Quneitra province late Wednesday.

Intelligence is not clear on when an attack could come and what form it would take, they said, with one official noting that "if there is an attack it might not be immediately clear it's Iran".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday evening that Israel has the "obligation and right" to defend itself against Iranian aggression from the Syrian territory.




Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah have been helping Assad beat back a seven-year-old rebellion.

Trump said he was reimposing economic sanctions on Iran and pulling the US out of the 2015 global agreement aimed at stopping Tehran from obtaining a nuclear bomb.

Sooner or later, Shiite militias which Tehran has deployed in Syria will also likely attack Israeli military sites near the border, he said at an annual security conference near Tel Aviv.

The Syrian state television said that two people were killed in the explosion.

The UK-based observatory said the missile strikes hit depots and rocket launchers, killing 15 individuals including eight Iranians.

"Israel fully supports President Trump's bold decision", Netanyahu said, thanking him for "courageous leadership".

Tensions between the two countries escalated on Tuesday when Israel said it had detected "irregular Iranian activity" in the occupied Golan Heights region of Syria. Tehran has vowed revenge.

This information appeared for a few minutes before President Donald trump announced the USA withdrawal from the nuclear deal from 2015 with Iran.



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