Alleged Israeli attack near Damascus

Hassan Rouhani Iran's president pauses as he speaks during a press conference at the presidential offices in Tehran Iran. Aug. 29 2015

Hassan Rouhani Iran's president pauses as he speaks during a press conference at the presidential offices in Tehran Iran. Aug. 29 2015Bloomberg

This is a developing story.

Israel's military went on high alert Tuesday and bomb shelters were ordered open in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights following reports of "irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria". It said defense systems have been deployed.

"Launches of about 20 missiles were registered at around midnight toward the frontier positions in the Golan Heights by Iran's al-Quds forces", an Israeli army spokesman told reporters.

The rockets fire struck near the border with Syria.

Russian Federation said on Tuesday that it was "deeply disappointed" by US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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Nonetheless, the army has predicted that such an attack would not lead to a full-fledged war. He also expressed his hope that Russian Federation and Israel would eventually find "solutions that would lead to the easing of tensions and would allow resolving heated conflicts".

After the attack was reported Wednesday night, IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis told reporters that the attack was carried out by members of the Iranian Quds force and that Israel views the incident gravely. The IDF spokesperson described the troop movements as "abnormal" and has warned residents of the area to watch out for instructions.

This is not the first reported missile strike by Israel on Syria.

Netanyahu and Putin have held a series of meetings and phone conversations in recent months, particularly related to the conflict in Syria where Israel has vowed to prevent Iran building a military presence. Israeli is believed to have struck that base in December of a year ago.

In the hours following US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal, Syrian news agencies claimed a military base near Damascus was targeted in an Israeli missile attack. So, in early April, the media reported the possible involvement of the tel Aviv bombing base T-4 in HOMS.

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