Israel says Iranians in Syria fired missiles

Israel says Iranians in Syria fired missiles

Iran had said it would retaliate for those attacks.

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said earlier that Iran's Al Quds force fired the rockets at several Israeli bases, though he would not say how Israel determined the Iranian involvement.

The attack took place at around 12.10 a.m. "I hope we've finished this episode and everyone understood".

Tensions in the region escalated on Tuesday when the Israeli military said it had detected "irregular Iranian activity" by Iranian forces in Syria and placed troops on "high alert for an attack".

While tensions over Iran grow, there was a further catalyst overnight as Iranian forces in Syria traded missile fire with the Israeli army.

The missile launcher chargeable for the Iranian rocket strikes was destroyed, in line with the discharge.

Four of the rockets were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome antimissile defense system, and the rest fell short of the Israeli-controlled territory, the military said.

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The official SANA news agency added that "dozens of missiles were shot down by anti-aircraft systems in Syrian airspace", saying a number of missiles had reached their targets.

State-run al-Ikhbariya TV broadcasted live feed of the air defences as they were confronting the Israeli rockets.

Mr Gillespie says the attack is "probably a reply to Israel's actions in this area".

Syrian state television was broadcasting footage of its air defences firing, and playing patriotic songs.

Israeli press stated citizens of Metulla, in the border, was taught to go to bomb lands. Repeated airstrikes attributed to Israel have killed Iranian fighters and prompted threats of reprisal from Tehran.

The Syrian NGO Observatory for Human Rights, which has informants on ground, indicated that a base located west of Homs, in center of country, under control of Shia Lebanese militia of Hezbollah, and anor in Maadamiyat al Sham, west of Damascus and with pre Presence of Iranian forces, were attacked. Amid the reports of an immanent Iranian attack, the military revealed that it had deployed additional batteries for Israel's Iron Dome missile defence shield in the north, while the USA embassy in Tel Aviv prohibited United States government employees from traveling to the Golan Heights without prior authorization.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meanwhile flew to Moscow to discuss Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a key ally of the Syrian government. Months after, Israeli rocket rockets targeted at a army base in Kisweh, also a commander at the pro-Syrian administration regional alliance stated.

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