Fresh Israel missile attack reportedly targets Iran base in Syria


Israeli news outlet Haaretz reported on Tuesday that explosions were heard south of the Syrian capital of Damascus as tensions appear to be heating in the Middle East.

An official with the Iran-led regional alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad said the strike targeted a Syrian army position but killed a Syrian man and his wife who happened to be passing by in their vehicle.

The reported strikes targeted an "arms depot belonging to Hezbollah and the Iranians", according Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human rights, according to the AFP. The IDF and Israeli political echelon, as is customary, did not comment on the reports.

The incident comes shortly after President Donald Trump announced that he would be withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and enact fresh sanctions against "the leading state sponsor of terror".

Israel is on the alert against intervention by Iran in Syria's civil war.

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Israel's military typically does not publicly discuss its airstrikes, but it recently took several steps indicating an escalating conflict with Iranian forces.

Amongst these embody an assault on Syria's T4 air base within the Homs province in April that killed seven Iranian navy personnel.

Occasional clashes have erupted between Israel and the Syrian regime and its Hizbollah ally in the Golan Heights, occupied by Israel since 1967.

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 Tuesday, the Israeli navy mentioned they'd recognized "irregular exercise of Iranian forces in Syria" and urged residents in Golan Heights close to the border to prepared bomb shelters. On April 29, Israel was suspected of more strikes in Hama and Aleppo, reportedly killing at least 18 pro-Iranian fighters. "Any aggression against Israel will be met with a severe response".