Israeli forces reportedly struck targets near Damascus on Tuesday with missiles, according to Al Masdar News, just hours after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran sanctions deal.
Syria’s SANA reports that air defense systems intercepted at least two missiles fired at the al-Kaswa area, which is proximal to southern Damascus.
— Danny Makki (@Dannymakkisyria) May 8, 2018
Syrian Army sources appear to have confirmed that the attacks were initiated by Israel, according to social media reports.
— Guy Elster (@guyelster) May 8, 2018
Social media reports emerged within an hour of Trump’s speech announcing Washington’s exit from the Iran nuclear deal that Israeli Air Force jets were striking Damascus. Trump made the announcement around 2:20 p.m. Washington time; reports of the strikes were showing up by just after 3 p.m.
A source at the Beirut International Airport told Sputnik that Israeli combat aircraft were in the Lebanese airspace at the supposed time of the strike on Syria.
BREAKING: Syrian state media blames Israel for airstrikes on Iranian military base in southern Damascus, says air defenses shot down 2 missiles. pic.twitter.com/5N4xIOirSw
— Behind The News (@Behind__News) May 8, 2018
Multiple news outlets have reported that no casualties were sustained.
According to security analyst Michael Horowitz, “a convoy may have been targeted rather than an actual base.”
#BREAKING: Israeli IDF says it has identified "unusual movements of Iranian forces in Syria", ordered the opening of Shelters in the Golan Heights and are saying: "We are on hightend alert, and forces are deployed & we are ready for all scenarios"
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) May 8, 2018
In addition to Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Israel forces were put on high alert in the Golan Heights.
— Ahmad Algohbary (@AhmadAlgohbary) May 8, 2018
The Israeli military refused comment on their alleged involvement in the attack, telling Sputnik, “We do not comment on that.”
On top off the flurry of developments, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is traveling to North Korea today.