Syrian state media have reported huge explosions near a military base not far from the capital.
The al-Mayadeen news outlet reported that fires had broken out in the area following the blasts.
Israeli forces reportedly struck targets near Damascus with missiles, shortly after US President Donald Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, according to reports.
BREAKING: Syrian state media blames Israel for airstrikes on Iranian military base in southern Damascus, says air defenses shot down 2 missiles. pic.twitter.com/5N4xIOirSw
— Behind The News (@Behind__News) May 8, 2018
Prior to Trumps announcement, Israel declared they were on high alert having allegedly spotted ‘irregular Iranian military activity’ in Syria
The Syrian news agency SANA reported that air defense systems intercepted at least two missiles fired at the al-Kaswa area, close to southern Damascus.
— Danny Makki (@Dannymakkisyria) May 8, 2018
Syrian Army sources have also confirmed that the attacks were initiated by Israel.
— Guy Elster (@guyelster) May 8, 2018