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Army radio reported that the IDF is deploying all of its missile defenses in preparation for potential strikes in response to impending strikes on Syria. The government called up a limited number of reserves, in particular those in missile and civil defense units. Israeli officials said the likelihood of Israel being struck in response to strikes in Syria is low.
Anti-missile Patriot batteries in the northern city of Haifa were put on alert as strikes by a coalition of forces are expected within days. Prime Minister Netanyahu said that although Israel is not involved in the ongoing Syrian civil war, Israeli forces are prepared to strike anyone who attempts to harm Israel.
Minister for Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz said it is "crystal clear" that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons in Syria. Israeli intelligence is believed to have intercepted Syrian army communications during the attack. Israeli officials met with US officials in Washington to discuss the ongoing situation in Syria, among other topics.
A number of rockets were fired from Lebanon towards northern Israel. The Iron Dome missile defense system successfully intercepted at least one of the rockets, which were allegedly fired by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades. Prime Minister Netanyahu said Iran is currently using Syria as a "testing ground."
An Arab Israeli was charged for traveling to Syria and making contact with members of the Al Nusrah Front. An Iron Dome missile defense battery was deployed in the Sharon district of central Israel by the IDF. Strategic Affairs and Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said that an Iranian response to a strike on its nuclear facilities would be limited.