Israel Launches Air Strike On Iran Base Near Damascus

Update: the following CCTV footage from an industrial site at Kisweh, S. Damascus shows the moment of impact of the suspected Israel strike. Footage also shows what appears to be secondary explosions.

Meawhile, Syrian State TV reports that there were two civilian causalities as a result of the Israeli strikes on Al- Kisweh

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Just minutes after Israel instructed local authorities in the occupied Golan Heights to "unlock and ready bomb shelters", after identifying apparent "irregular activity of Iranian forces in #Syria”, and putting Israeli troops on high alert, an Israeli air strike on Syrian army positions was reported after missiles were reportedly fired from Israel above Qunaitra province in Syria, and striking an alleged Iranian base in the Al-Kisweh region south of Damascus, an industrial area with many factories and a suspected Iranian presence.

No casualties have been reported, in the strike which reportedly targeted Iranian military communication bases:

The Syrian state news agency SANA reported the sound of explosions near Kisweh and said Syrian air defenses fired at and destroyed two Israeli missiles in the Kisweh area.

The location of the strike is shown below:

According to unconfirmed social media sources, two rockets reportedly hit a factory in the area.

In response to the Israeli attack, Syrian air defenses fired at rockets, with reports on the ground claiming that Syrian air defenses reportedly downed two incoming missiles.

All this takes place shortly after Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

For now there has been no official statement from Syria, or Iran for that matter, which is surely next on Israel's to do list.

Meanwhile, as journalist Danny Makki writes, and as we explained earlier, the tension on the ground will only escalate:

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