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 Syrian army positions in the Al-Kissweh region south of Damascus, an industrial with many factories and a suspected Iranian presence.
No casualties have been reported.
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.
9/ Images of the destruction in al-kisweh pic.twitter.com/EOJQksZ5si
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.
12/ Syrian Military Source:
Syrian air defenses downed two Israeli missiles near the area of Al-kaswa in the countryside of #Damascus
All this took 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: