Syrian Air Defense Engages Israeli Rockets near Damascus – State Media
Syrian air defenses have been deployed to thwart an attack by the Israeli rockets, Syria’s state SANA news agency reported. The bombing is reportedly being carried out by Israeli warplanes from Lebanese airspace.
BREAKING NEWS: Bombardments currently ongoing in northern Israel. Details unknown.— BNL NEWS (@BreakingNLive) May 9, 2018
Citing a Syrian military source, SANA reported that hostile missiles were being intercepted by Syrian air defenses.
The reported strike by the Israeli jets is seen as a continued retaliation to what Israel claims were some 20 rockets launched by Iran’s Quds Force from Syrian territory into the Israeli-occupied part of the Golan Heights earlier in the night. The Israel Defense Forces said its Iron Dome systems intercepted some of the projectiles and the reported attack resulted in no injuries.
Around the same time, Syria’s state media reported that Israel shelled the city of Baath in the northern Quneitra governorate.
Tensions were ramped up in the region after US President Donald Trump announced his country’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, a fierce critic of the accord, hailed the decision, which drew sharp condemnation from Europe, Rusia, China and other non-signatory countries. A day after Trump reneged on the internationally acclaimed agreement, Israel hit a Syrian army position in the Kisweh area south of Damascus.
Israel has been claiming that Iran is setting up bases of operations in Syria in order to stage attacks against the Jewish state. It has launched numerous air strikes against Syrian government-controlled territories, targeting alleged Iranian positions.
דוצ: כעשרים שיגורים לעבר קו המוצבים הקדמי ברמת הגולן שבוצעו ע"י כח קודס האיראני. מערכות ההגנה ביצעו מספר ירוטים. אין נפגעים.— Alon Ben-David (@alonbd) May 9, 2018
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The Golan Heights in southwestern Syria have been occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War of 1967 and are internationally recognized as a Syrian territory.