Israel Attacks Syria Less Than an Hour After Trump Speech

Posted May 09, 2018

According to SANA, "anti-aircraft defences intercepted two Israeli missiles launched against (the district of) Kissweh and destroyed them". Syrian state media confirmed explosions in the area, but offered no details. Another Syrian military source said the attack targeted a Syrian army base without incurring casualties. The IDF and Israeli political echelon, as is customary, did not comment on the reports. According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Israeli missiles were fired at Iranian rocket launchers that were aimed toward Israel.

The preparations occurred as Trump from the White House announced the USA will withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, claiming Israeli intelligence showed that Iran is not complying with the deal and that "the world's leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world's most risky weapons".

Earlier it was reported that the IDF recorded "suspicious activity" Iranian forces on the territories of Syria, bordering on Israel.

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The U.S. Embassy in Israel also issued an advisory to its government employees, barring them from visiting Israel's northern region without first securing approval.

Occasional clashes have erupted between Israel and the Syrian regime and its Hezbollah ally in the Golan Heights, occupied by Israel since 1967.

The Israeli military attacked areas South of Damascus, Syrian television reported, citing a military source. A longtime enemy of Iran, Israel is supported by Washington in the decision.

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Israel is on the alert against intervention by Iran in Syria's civil war.

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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