Iran targets Israeli bases across Syrian frontier, Israel pounds Syria

Iranian forces in Syria shell Israeli army targets in Golan Heights: Israeli military

The Iron Dome defense system intercepted some of the missiles and damage to Israeli military bases was "limited", an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson told The Times of Israel. "This event is not over".

The Syrian air defenses responded to Israeli missile attack after midnight in the southern province of Qunaitera, state TV reported early Thursday.

Separately, Israel is deeply concerned over Iran's presence in Syria, where Tehran, like Moscow, backs President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Syrian state television broadcast footage of its air defences firing at incoming rockets and playing patriotic songs.

Mr Gillespie says the attack is "probably a reply to Israel's actions in this area".

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the global community.

Late Tuesday, Syrian state media said Israel struck a military outpost near the capital of Damascus.

We review the key developments in Syria, including rebel evacuations from the last major besieged enclave in the country, Israel threatening to topple Assad if he allows Iran to launch attacks from Syrian soil and more than 40 pro-government fighters killed in battles against ISIS.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the missiles targeted depots and rocket launchers that likely belonged to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards in Kisweh, killing nine people.

Tensions between Israel and Iran had already spilled over in Syria.

It does acknowledge carrying out dozens of raids in Syria to stop what it says are advanced arms deliveries to Iran-backed Hezbollah, another key foe of Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus May 8, 2018.

After targeting Iranian units in Syria in retaliation, an Israel F-16 was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire in one of the conflict's most notable escalations.

Israel later said the drone had been armed. The daily further added that the occupied Golan Heights have been on "high alert" ever since US President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, in a break with his European allies, and upending a key policy decision of his predecessor Barack Obama.