Up to 10 reported killed as Israel retaliates for Syrian missile attack

The Syrian army's anti-aircraft defence was activated Sunday against "enemy missiles" fired from Israel at "positions" in southwest Damascus, the official SANA news agency quoted a military source as saying.

On Sunday, the Israeli military said its aircraft struck Syrian army targets in response to the rockets fired at the Golan Heights, while Syria's state media said three soldiers were killed in the second such flare-up in a week.

On Saturday, the army announced that it had identified two rockets that had been fired toward Mount Hermon from Syrian territory.

The Israeli military said the targets included two artillery batteries, several observation and intelligence posts and an SA2 air defence unit.

Netanyahu said he had ordered the attack following the rockets.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition's war monitor, said Israeli warplanes struck positions and an arms depot of Iranian troops and Lebanon's Hezbollah fighters.

FILE PHOTO: An Israeli soldier walks past armoured Israeli military vehicles in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights March 25, 2019.

"Yesterday I held security consultations in wake of the firing at the Golan Heights in which I instructed the IDF to take strong action", the prime minister said.

Israel said the rockets were targeting the Mount Hermon (Jabal Sheikh) area and that one rocket landed inside Israeli territory, while the other in Syria.

Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria, a lot of them against what it says are Iranian and Hezbollah targets.

Israel says it will not allow Iran, which has sent forces to help regime leader Bashar al Assad in Syria's civil war, to establish a permanent military presence in Syria.

Syrian air defence batteries also intercepted projectiles from Israel and downed a number of them on May 17, according to SANA.

In recent weeks the United States accused Iran of alleged threats and deployed an aircraft carrier group and B-52 bombers to the Gulf.


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