The situation: Israel launched a missile strike on Syria

  • The situation: Israel launched a missile strike on Syria

The situation: Israel launched a missile strike on Syria

Suspected Israeli missiles targeted a Iran-linked army base south of Syria's capital, Damascus, on Tuesday, shortly after President Donald Trump said the USA would withdraw from the global nuclear deal with Iran.

The facility in Kissweh "presumably" belongs to Hizballah and Iran, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Another pro-Assad source told "Reuters" that there were no casualties in the attack but other Syrian sources said two people had been killed.

On April 9 missiles targeted the T-4 air base in the central province of Homs, killing up to 14 fighters, including seven Iranians, two days after an alleged chemical attack carried out by the Syrian regime.

While Israel did not confirm or deny the strikes, a state of alert was reported by its armed forces near the Syrian border.

The preparations occurred as Trump from the White House announced the US will withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, claiming Israeli intelligence showed that Iran is not complying with the deal and that "the world's leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world's most unsafe weapons".

Last night, the Israel Defense Forces ordered the authorities to open bomb shelters on the Golan Heights following irregular movement of Iranian forces in Syria.

Fox News however, quoting Western sources said an Iranian military base in Syria was the target of the attack. Ynet reported that several cities in the north of Israel also readied bomb shelters, though the army hadn't instructed them to.

Israel has not acknowledged those strikes, but admits carrying out dozens of raids in Syria to stop what it says are deliveries of advanced arms to the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia, another of its enemies.