Israel hits ‘dozens of Iranian and Syrian targets’

A photo released by Syria's Sana news agency apparently showing a destroyed house west of Damascus, Syria. Photo: 20 November 2019Image copyrightAFP/Getty Images
Image caption Syria’s state media released images of what they say are destroyed houses near Damascus

Israel says it has hit dozens of targets in Syria belonging to the Syrian government and Iranian forces.

The Israeli military says the “wide-scale strikes” responded to rockets fired by an Iranian unit into Israel.

Syria says two civilians died and that Syrian air defences shot down most of the missiles over Damascus. Other reports say the death toll was higher.

Local reports said loud explosions were heard in the capital. Pictures on social media showed a number of fires.

On Tuesday morning, the Israeli military said it had intercepted four rockets fired from Syria towards northern Israel. It said the rockets did not hit the ground.