Israeli soldiers and armored vehicles are seen near the border with Syria in the Israeli annexed Golan Heights after Israel's anti-missile defense system intercepted four rockets fired from neighboring Syria, the army said, Tuesday, November 19.

Israel's air defenses intercepted four rockets fired from neighboring Syria Tuesday, the army said, prompting reported retaliatory missile strikes against the source of the fire.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rockets were fired from positions around the capital held by groups loyal to the Damascus government.

It did not elaborate on which group had launched the rockets or whether there had been any casualties in the retaliatory strikes.

The flareup comes after a major escalation in and around Gaza last week following Israel's targeted killing of a commander of Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, which is allied with Damascus.

The killing was accompanied by a second strike, unconfirmed by Israel, on an Islamic Jihad leader in Damascus that killed his son and another person.

There was no immediate rocket fire from Syria following that strike. (AFP)

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