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IDF: 20 missiles fired by Iranian forces in Syria at Israel’s position in Golan Heights

May 10, 2018, 2:50 UTC+3 TEL AVIV

A number of the missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system

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TEL AVIV, May 10. /TASS/. The Iranian forces in Syria have fired 20 missiles at Israeli Defense Forces’ positions in the Golan Heights, a spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said on Thursday.

According to the spokesman, a number of the missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. In his words, the army considers this incident as very serious and stays on high alert to be prepared for any possible scenario.

Israel’s Air Force has delivered a strike on the positions of the Syrian army at Khan Arnaba in the Quneitra province some 40 kilometers of Damascus, near the Golan Heights, Al Mayadeen television channel said on Thursday.

According to the television channel, the attack came as a response to a missile shelling of Israeli checkpoints on occupied territories of the Golan Heights.

On Tuesday, Israel put its forces along the northern border on high combat alert, activated the air defenses and ordered to unceal the bomb shelters. According to the IDF, this was done in the wake of reports on what it described as "unusual movements" of the Iranian forces in Syria.

After that the Israeli army decided to change the instructions on civil defense in the Golan Heights, ordering the local authorities to open the public bomb shelters.

Israel took control over the Golan Heights that had belonged by Syria from 1944 after the Six-Day War in 1967. In 1981, Israel’s Knesset (parliament) passed a law on the Golan Heights unilaterally proclaiming Israel’s sovereignty over this territory. United Nations Security Council Resolution 497 of December 17, 1981 ruled that the annexation was null and void, having no international legal effect.

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