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Syrian state media: Israel launched airstrikes after U.S. quit Iranian nuclear deal

Syrian state media is reporting that after President Trump announced on Tuesday he is withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal, Israel launched an airstrike against a target south of Damascus.

The SANA news agency says that two Israeli missiles were shot down and destroyed in the Kiswah area, and a commander supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Reuters Israel was targeting an army base. He also said that there were no casualties.

The Israeli military said it identified "irregular activity" by Iranian forces in Syria, and ordered that Golan Heights authorities prepare bomb shelters and mobilize some reservist forces, Reuters reports. Iran is backing Assad in the country's civil war, now in its seventh year.