Iran-backed militias fired missiles at Israel from Syria: Israeli army

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Rockets were fired toward Israel by an Iran-backed militia in Syria on Sunday night, the Israeli army said on Monday.

In a statement, the Israeli military said Shi'ite militias operating under the command of Iran's Quds Force, the overseas arm of Tehran's Revolutionary Guards, fired a number of rockets at Israel from Syria on Monday but they failed to hit Israeli territory.

The military said the rockets were launched from an area near Damascus.

Israel, which is vocal about Iran's growing influence in the region through militia allies in countries including Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, says it has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria. It wants to stop Iran establishing a permanent military presence there and has struck against advanced weapon shipments to Hezbollah.

Amid rising tensions in the region, Israel also raised the stakes last week by accusing Hezbollah, with Iranian assistance,
of setting up a factory for precision-guided missiles in Lebanon's Bekaa valley.

Hezbollah has denied having production sites in Lebanon, but says it does possess precision-guided missiles.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:00 - GMT 07:00