ISRAEL has claimed that Iranian-backed forces have launched missiles at their military base in the annexed Golan Heights region following reports of an Israeli bombing campaign near Damascus.

Air raid sirens went off shortly after the Syrian state news agency and activists reported rocket fire from Israel into southern Syrian just before midnight local time.

 Bombing can be heard in the Golan Heights area of northern Israel

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Bombing can be heard in the Golan Heights area of northern Israel

An Israeli army spokesman says “about 20 rockets” were fired by Iranian Quds Force at the Jewish state’s defensive line in the Golan Heights – which has been occupied by Israel since 1967.

He claimed that no one has been injured and that defence systems intercepted several of the missiles.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said that jets flew over the area, which lies near the Syria’s southern border.

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This comes after missiles strikes last night were attributed to Israel following reports of “irregular activity” of Iranian forces in Syria.

Campaigners said the strikes killed nine people and targeted depots and rocket launchers that likely belonged to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.

The Israel Defence Forces has deployed Iron Dome missile defence systems in Golan Heights and in northern Israel in preparation for a retaliatory strike, reports Haaretz.

Tuesday’s strikes represent an immediate escalation in tensions in the region after Trump walked away from the 2015 nuclear agreement Barack Obama struck with Iran.

Campaigners said the strikes killed nine people and targeted depots and rocket launchers that likely belonged to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.

The Israel Defence Forces has deployed Iron Dome missile defence systems in Golan Heights and in northern Israel in preparation for a retaliatory strike, reports Haaretz.

Tuesday’s strikes represent an immediate escalation in tensions in the region after Trump walked away from the 2015 nuclear agreement Barack Obama struck with Iran.

Following America’s withdrawal from the deal, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said his country would develop nuclear weapons if its mortal enemy restarted its nuclear programme.

Known officially as the JCPOA, the so-called Iran deal was designed to curb Iranian nuclear ambitions while in return easing the sanctions crippling its economy.

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

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