Syria said Israel carried out an attack on a military base south of Damascus on Tuesday, which was used by Iranian forces. According to reports, Israeli fighter jets entered Syrian airspace and struck Iranian missiles aimed at Israel.
“And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall consume the palaces of Benhadad.” Jeremiah 49:27 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: As events continue to unfold today, it’s rapidly becoming clear that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has received permission from the United States to finally begin using military force to neutralize the ever-growing Iranian threat to Israel. It is no coincidence that mere hours after President Trump announced pulling out of the Obama Iranian Nuclear Treaty that Israel began striking Iranian-held military installations in and around Damascus. Has the end times fuse just been lit? Stay tuned…
The military said it identified what it said was unusual movements of Iranian forces in Syria. The military believed those forces were preparing for an imminent retaliation against Israel. Earlier on Tuesday, the Israeli military ordered communities in the Golan Heights, bordering with Syria, to open public shelters. Intelligence officers and other specialized forces have been called up, though reserve combat units have not been drafted. Israeli military bases were preparing for a possible Iranian attack.
At least nine troops were killed tonight as Israel launched air strikes against Iranian military targets in Syria just minutes after Donald Trump’s speech withdrawing America from the Iran nuclear deal. Missiles fired from Israel ‘targeted weapons stores belonging to the [Iranian] Revolutionary Guard’ at a base south of the Syrian capital Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
A pro-Assad commander said Israeli fighter jets struck a Syria army position south of Damascus, adding that there were no casualties. Syrian state media reported that Syrian air defenses fired at two Israeli missiles, destroying both in the Kiswah area.
#GolanHeights Security Alert: Due to the recent tensions in the region, U.S. gov’t employees are required to obtain advance approval if they wish to travel to the Golan Heights until further notice. Consider carefully travel to the Golan Heights until the situation stabilizes. pic.twitter.com/GRrT3s1hdW
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) May 8, 2018
There was no immediate comment from Israel, which almost never confirms or denies airstrikes in Syria.
The reports come on the heels of U.S. President Donald Trump’s dramatic withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
Israel believes Iran is determined to retaliate for the April 9 airstrike on Syria’s T4 airbase, which killed seven Iranian military advisers and members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Iran blames Israel for this attack.
The military said any Iranian strike against Israel will be met with a severe response, even as the working assumption is that Iran is has limited capabilities to engage in conflict with Israel.
Earlier the U.S. Embassy in Israel issued an alert warning all U.S. government employees not travel to the Golan Heights unless they obtain an approval in advance.
“Due to the recent tensions in the region, until further notice, U.S. government employees are required to obtain advance approval if they wish to travel to the Golan Heights,” the warning on the website read.
U.S. government employees are asked to “maintain situational awareness” and monitor media to be up to date with the situation on Israel’s Northern front. They are further encouraged to visit the website of Israel’s Home Front Command for guidance. source
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