Israel launches air strikes in Syria after ordering bomb shelters to open due to ‘irregular’ Iranian troop movements near its border as Trump axes nuclear deal
- Video shows Israeli missile strikes hitting Iran base in Syrian capital Damascus
- Violence came within an hour after Trump announced US pulling out nuke deal
- Israel said it spotted ‘irregular activity of Iranian forces’ after Trump’s speech
- Army announced it was preparing ‘troops for an attack’ and deployed air defense
- Officials in Israeli-held Golan Heights were told ‘unlock and ready the shelters’
Israel has launched air strikes in Syria after ordering bomb shelters to open after spotting ‘irregular activity of Iranian troops’ following Donald Trump’s nuclear deal speech.
Harrowing footage shows missile strikes going off at Iran military bases in the Kiswah area, near Syrian capital Damascus.
The Israeli military said it instructed civic authorities on the Golan Heights to ready bomb shelters, deployed new defences and mobilised some reservist forces.
Photos shared by Kurdistan reporter Baxtiyar Goran purporting to show Israeli airstrikes on a military base near Syrian capital Damascus
Israel announced it had ordered troops in the Golan Heights to ready bomb shelters, deploy new defences and mobilise forces. Pictured: Israeli tanks during a planned military drill in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights
An Israeli soldier attends a planned military drill next to a Merkava Mark IV tank in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights
The violence started within an hour of Donald Trump announcing the US was pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.
Israel’s top general, Gadi Eizenkott, cancelled a scheduled appearance at an annual security conference and was conferring with Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and other national security chiefs, officials said.
Israeli troops took part in a military exercise yesterday in Golan Heights as it prepared for the fallout from Trump’s announcement
Israel said it instructed civic authorities on the Golan Heights to ready bomb shelters, deployed new defences and mobilised some reservist forces
Trump’s hard tack against the nuclear deal, while welcomed by Israel, has stirred fears of regional flare ups
Trump’s hard tack against the nuclear deal, while welcomed by Israel, has stirred fears of a possible regional flare-up.
Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah have been helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad beat back a seven-year-old rebellion.
Israel has carried out repeated air strikes against them, hoping to stop the formation of a Lebanese-Syrian front to its north.
An April 9 strike killed seven Iranian military personnel at a Syrian airbase. Iran blamed Israel and said it would retaliate.
Footage showed missile strikes going off at an Iran position in the Kiswah area, near Syrian capital Damascus
Israel opened bomb shelters after spotting ‘irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria. Pictured: Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks overlooking the border between Israel and Syria
Israeli soldiers from the 605 Combat Engineering Corps battalion take part in a training session on the Israeli side of the border between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he’s ditching the Iran nuclear deal, calling it ‘disastrous’ and an ’embarrassment’
Israeli media said Tuesday’s order to prepare bomb shelters on the Golan was unprecedented during Syria’s civil war.
Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in a moved no recognised internationally.
Israel has posted Iron Dome short-range air defences on the Golan, local media said, suggesting that the anticipated attack could be by ground-to-ground rockets or mortars.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a televised address lauding Trump’s Iran policy and alluding to the tensions over Syria.
‘For months now, Iran has been transferring lethal weaponry to its forces in Syria, with the purpose of striking at Israel,’ Netanyahu said. ‘We will respond mightily to any attack on our territory.’
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