Syrian regime says Israel launched air strike on Damascus

Syrian regime says Israel launched air strike on Damascus

Syrian regime says Israel launched air strike on Damascus

According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Israeli missiles were fired at Iranian rocket launchers that were aimed toward Israel.

A spokesman for the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told "SANA the Syrian Arab News Agency" that the country's air defense systems had intercepted two missiles aimed at the base. Repeated airstrikes attributed to Israel have killed Iranian fighters and prompted threats of reprisal from Tehran.

There have been conflicting reports coming out of Syria.

The Tuesday night strikes came hours after US President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, a move praised by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Syrian media reported Israeli Air Force jets struck several Syrian military bases with Iranian personnel.

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"The meetings between us are always important and this one is especially so", Netanyahu said ahead of his departure.

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

"It is hard to believe that, 73 years after the Holocaust, there is still a country in the Middle East - Iran - that openly calls for the destruction of the State of Israel", Netanyahu said during the talks with the Russian President Vladimir Putin after both leaders took part in the Victory Day celebrations in the Russian capital. Such strikes have become more frequent recently, amid soaring tensions between regional archenemies Israel and Iran.

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. On April 30, Israel was said to have struck government outposts in northern Syria, killing more than a dozen pro-government fighters, many of them Iranians.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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