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Syria Blames Israel for Strike Near Damascus; Target Was Iranian Missiles Aimed at Israel
Israel opens shelters, braces for imminent Iranian attack
■ Syria TV: Air defenses down Israeli missiles
■ Israel military calls up some reserves
by Yaniv Kubovich and Amir Tibon
Syria on Tuesday said Israel carried out an attack on a military base south of Damascus, which was used by Iranian forces. According to reports, Israeli fighter jets entered Syrian airspace and struck Iranian missiles aimed at Israel.
The military said it identified what it said was unusual movements of Iranian forces in Syria, and it believed those forces were preparing for an imminent retaliation against Israel.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Israeli military ordered communities in the Golan Heights, bordering Syria, to open public shelters. Intelligence officers and other specialized forces have been called up, though reserve combat units have not been drafted. Israeli military bases were preparing for a possible Iranian attack.