Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria

Israel Air Force planes in a 2015 exercise. Credit The Israel Defense Forces via Flickr

Israel Air Force planes in a 2015 exercise. Credit The Israel Defense Forces via Flickr

Israeli forces are thought to have repeatedly attacked Iranian facilities in Syria.

The IDF announcement came moments before President Donald Trump announced the US was pulling out of the worldwide deal to limit Iran's nuclear weapons program. Syrian humanitarian organizations reported that nine military personnel loyal to the pro-Assad revolutionary guard were killed in the air raid and missiles belonging to Iran or its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah were destroyed.

Israel's military, however, said Tuesday its forces were on high alert near its border with Syria after spotting Iranian activity and was urging civilians in the Golan Heights near Syria to prepare bomb shelters. This is not the first time that there have been reports of Israeli attacks on this base which serves pro-Shiite forces. There were also widespread reports of massive explosions and social media had pictures of fire and smoke in the area.

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An official with the Iran-led axis of resistance told the Associated Press the strike targeted a Syrian army position and caused only material damage.

The army on Tuesday night did not instruct residents of the Golan Heights to enter bomb shelters, only for local authorities to open public ones in case of emergency.

"Western military sources said the military compound that was hit is located about 10 miles south of the Syrian capital city of Damascus", it reported. A longtime enemy of Iran, Israel is supported by Washington in the decision.

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Later, the Israeli military said in a statement it had called up some reservists but did not elaborate.

Israel has not yet commented on the report.

Following Trump's announcement, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman met with the heads of Israel's armed services in the military's Tel Aviv headquarters to discuss the security situation, his office said. Another Syrian military source said the attack targeted a Syrian army base without incurring casualties.

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