Israeli forces reportedly struck targets near Damascus on Tuesday with missiles, according to Al Masdar News, just hours after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran sanctions deal.
Syria’s SANA reports that air defense systems intercepted at least two missiles fired at the al-Kaswa area, which is proximal to southern Damascus.
Image from the reported attack in the industrial area of Al-Kissweh south of #Damascus pic.twitter.com/zwMqNsvYcT
— Danny Makki (@Dannymakkisyria) May 8, 2018
Syrian Army sources appear to have confirmed that the attacks were initiated by Israel, according to social media reports.
#BREAKING Assad regime claims it has intercepted two Israeli missiles that were fired towards a base in #Damascus area pic.twitter.com/N5eMDq5Gw8
— Guy Elster (@guyelster) May 8, 2018
Unconfirmed reports emerged within an hour of Trump’s speech that Israeli Air Force jets were striking Damascus, before 3 p.m. EST, while Trump’s announced the US’ exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, also known as the Iran nuclear weapons deal) right around 2:20 p.m. EST.
BREAKING: Syrian state media blames Israel for airstrikes on Iranian military base in southern Damascus, says air defenses shot down 2 missiles. pic.twitter.com/5N4xIOirSw
— Behind The News (@Behind__News) May 8, 2018
Multiple news outlets have reported that no casualties were sustained.
According to security analyst Michael Horowitz, “a convoy may have been targeted rather than an actual base.”
More details to follow