Israeli towns near the Syrian border were instructed to remain on high alert as the IDF prepares for a possible Iranian retaliation to recent Israeli strikes in Syria.

Iron Dome deployed in the Golan Heights

Iron Dome deployed in the Golan Heights Photo credit: Hadas Porush, Flash 90

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot told heads of northern Israeli towns on Wednesday that an Iranian attack on Israel from Syria may happen at any moment, urging them to remain on high alert.

On Tuesday night, suspicious Iranian activity in Syria prompted the IDF to order the opening of bomb shelters and to issue emergency call-ups to reserve soldiers. Things seemed to have calmed down a bit on Wednesday, with schools operating as usual and residents told to carry on with their normal lives, though vacation sites in the north received hundreds of cancellations from tourists.

In light of the growing tension on Israel’s northern front, the IDF has deployed multiple Iron Dome systems in the Golan Heights and carried out aerial activity throughout the day in order to gain information on any possible preparation to launch missiles at Israel.

Foreign media reported on Tuesday that Israel struck five Iranian targets in southern Syria, including missile storage facilities and an airport.