Israeli officials deployed their defense forces and opened bomb shelters along the state’s northern border Tuesday after detecting “unusual” moves by the Iranian military operating inside Syria.
According to Reuters, the Israeli Defense Forces “increased its readiness” in a direct response to the “movements of Iranian forces inside Syria.”
“Following the identification of irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria, the IDF has decided to change the civilian protection instructions in the Golan Heights and instructs local authorities to unlock and ready shelters in the area,” the Israel Defense Forces said in an official alert.
The military maneuvers come just minutes after President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Iranian nuclear agreement.
“I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal,” said the President. “Powerful sanctions will go into full effect…If the regime continues its nuclear aspirations, it will have bigger problems than it has ever had before.”