Repeated Rounds Of Israeli Rockets Hit Syria, Says State Media

Israeli soldiers seen near the Israeli side of the border with Syria on May 9. (Reuters)

Jerusalem/Beirut: israel launched repeated rounds of rocket fire into Syria early on Thursday, Syrian state media reported, after Israel’s military said Iranian forces in Syria had shelled one of its outposts near the border.

The scale of Israeli rocket fire appeared to be far higher than in previous incidents and Damascus residents described seeing explosions above the city from air defence systems.

Tensions between israel and Iran have threatened to spill over in Syria, where the Iranian military and allied Shi’ite militia are backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his war against rebels seeking to oust him.

“The Syrian air defences are confronting a new wave of Israeli aggression rockets and downing them one after the other,” state news agency SANA reported.

 

An Israeli soldier sits on an APC as it drives near the Israeli side on May 9. (Reuters)

Syrian state television was broadcasting footage of its air defences firing at incoming rockets and playing patriotic songs.

Israel’s military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said Israel had retaliated for an attack on its outposts in the strategic Golan Heights plateau. He did not elaborate.

Earlier, state news agency SANA and a war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported artillery fire from Israeli-held territory at Baath City in Quneitra province near the border. The Observatory said rockets were fired…

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