Damascus, Syria (CNN) – A Syrian official called an attack Sunday on the nation’s military research facility a “declaration of war” by Israel.

In an interview with CNN, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al Mekdad said the attack represented an alliance between Islamic terrorists and Israel.

He added that Syria would retaliate against Israel in its own time and way.

Early Sunday morning, a series of massive explosions illuminated the predawn sky in Damascus, prompting more claims that Israel has launched attacks into the war-torn country.

Syria accused Israel of firing rockets into the Damascus suburb of Jamraya, striking the research center, Syrian state-run TV reported. The report claimed that the rocket attack on the research center aided rebels, who have been battling government forces in the region.

The Israeli military would not confirm nor deny the Syrian TV claim that Israel had launched rockets.

“We do not comment on these reports at all,” an Israeli military spokesperson said.

An Israeli Army official told CNN that two rocket interception batteries have been deployed to northern Israel.

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According to the Times of Israel, an unnamed Israeli official told AFP the target was a shipment of Iranian made Fatah-110 missiles that were on their way from Syria to Hezbollah terrorists.