Suspected Israeli strike near Damascus kills nine pro-regime fighters

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Images on social media showed fireballs and smoke in Al-Kiswah, a Syrian military stronghold close to Damascus.

Syrian regime forces on Tuesday night intercepted two Israeli missiles fired towards a district near Damascus, the regime's SANA news agency said, but a monitor said nine pro-regime fighters died in the strike.

The IDF announcement came moments before President Donald Trump announced the USA was pulling out of the worldwide deal to limit Iran's nuclear weapons program.

According to preliminary data, the defense forces of Syria shot down two rockets. There were no Israeli casualties.

Netanyahu said he greatly values the opportunity to discuss regional issues with the Russian leader, and hopes any regional threats will be removed in a responsible manner.

Israel is concerned that Iran and Hizballah are embedding forces along its border.

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Israel, which nearly never confirms or denies airstrikes in Syria, did not comment on Tuesday's attack.

The Israeli army says air raid sirens have sounded in the Golan Heights.

Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the missiles had targeted a weapons depot in Kissweh, "presumably belonging to Hezbollah and the Iranians".

An F-16 fighter jet takes off from Ramat David air force base. Israel has refused to confirm or deny that it was behind the attacks, though a senior official who briefed foreign journalists Sunday strongly suggested that it was.

The army's warning comes as Israel braces for a response to recent strikes inside Syria, several of which killed Iranian military personnel. Opposition activists in Damascus said there was ambulance traffic from Damascus to the site. The strike began within an hour of the end of President Trump's speech withdrawing the United States from the Iran nuclear deal.

"This is why Israel thinks that President Trump did an historic move and this is why Israel thanks President Trump for his courageous leadership, his commitment to confront the terrorist regime in Tehran and his commitment to ensure that Iran never gets nuclear weapons, not today, not in a decade, not ever", he concluded.

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