Israel deploys rocket defence system in north after airstrikes in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - Israel's military has deployed a rocket defence system to the north of the country following reported Israeli airstrikes in neighboring Syria targeting weapons believed to be destined for Lebanon's Hizbollah militants.

The military said it moved two Iron Dome batteries Sunday as part of "ongoing situational assessments." The move came hours after Israel carried out what an intelligence official said was an airstrike in Damascus that attacked a shipment of Iranian-made missiles bound for Hizbollah.

It was the second Israeli strike in three days.

The stepped-up Israeli activity has raised tensions with Syria, Hizbollah and the group's Iranian backers.

Iron Dome protects against short-range rockets. Hizbollah has thousands of such projectiles.

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