Just hours after United State President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal despite opposition from European allies, Israel allegedly launched a missile attack on Damascus. According to reports, a barrage of missiles were launched into Syria of which two were shot down in the Kiswah area by the Syrian air defence systems. The Syrian state television said that two people were killed in the explosion.
The recent aggression comes amid increased tension in the region and Tel Aviv’s dramatic speculations about an impending retaliatory missile attack by Iran on Israeli territory. The latter in recent weeks allegedly launched multiple airstrikes in Syria, with the latest on April 30. On that day, sources have suggested that Israeli aircraft may have used Iraqi airspace and camouflaged with the US led western coalition aircrafts over northern Syria to bomb Syrian military ammunition dumps in Aleppo and Hama. On April 9, a missile attack on a Syrian airbase, allegedly by Israel, led to the deaths of seven Iranian military advisers and Iranian Revolutionary Guard members.
Earlier, on Monday, Israel's energy minister said that Israel was prepared “end” Syrian President Bashar Assad if he allows Iranian or Iranian-linked forces to attack them from Syria.
Israeli activity in Syria has drastically increased in the aftermath of a coordinated attack on the latter by the United States, United Kingdom and France. The attack, according to the Trump- May- Marcon (TMM) coalition, was in response to a suspected chemical attack by Syrian government in Douma.
The Syrian government and Russia have denied the allegations of chemical attack, and called it a ‘false flag’. Currently, a fact-finding mission (FM) from Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is in Douma to investigate the veracity of the reports.