A Syrian anti-aircraft missile landed in southern Israel early Thursday, setting off air raid sirens close to the nation’s top-secret nuclear reactor, the Israeli navy mentioned. In response, it mentioned it attacked the missile launcher and air-defense programs in neighboring Syria.
Israeli media later described the Syrian missile as an “errant” projectile, not a deliberate assault deep inside Israel. In current years, Israel has repeatedly launched air strikes at Syria, together with at navy targets linked to foes Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia, each allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Such strikes routinely draw Syrian anti-aircraft hearth. Thursday’s change was uncommon as a result of the Syrian projectile landed deep inside Israel.
Syria’s state information company SANA mentioned the change started with an Israeli air strike on Dumeir, a suburb of the capital of Damascus. Dumeir is believed to accommodate Syrian military installations and batteries in addition to bases and weapons depots belonging to Iran-backed militias. SANA mentioned 4 troopers had been wounded.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition battle monitoring group primarily based in Britain that tracks Syria’s civil battle, mentioned the Israeli strikes hit an air protection base belonging to the Syrian navy and destroyed air protection batteries in the realm. It mentioned the Syrian navy fired surface-to-air missiles in response.
Syrian media made no point out of an anti-aircraft missile touchdown deep inside Israel.
The Israeli navy described the projectile that landed close to the nuclear web site as a surface-to-air missile, which is normally used for air protection in opposition to warplanes or different missiles. That might recommend the Syrian missile had focused Israeli warplanes however missed and flew off errantly. However, Dimona, the Negev desert city the place Israel’s nuclear reactor is situated, is a few 300 kilometers (185 miles) south of Damascus, an extended vary for an errantly fired surface-to-air missile.
The Israeli military mentioned it had deployed a missile protection system however couldn’t verify if the incoming missile was intercepted, although it mentioned there had been no harm. The air raid sirens had been sounded in Abu Krinat, a village only a few kilometers (miles) from Dimona. Explosions heard throughout Israel may need been the air-defense programs.
Israel TV’s Channel 13 reported that obvious missile fragments had been discovered in a swimming pool in Ashalim, a group roughly 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Dimona.
The navy mentioned that in response to the incoming missile, it launched an air strike on the battery that launched the anti-aircraft missile and different surface-to-air batteries in Syria.
The change between Israel and Syria comes in opposition to the backdrop of rising tensions between Israel and Iran, a key ally of Syria. Iran, which maintains troops and proxies in Syria, has accused Israel of a collection of assaults on its nuclear services, together with sabotage at its Natanz nuclear facility on April 11, and vowed revenge. It additionally threatened to complicate U.S.-led makes an attempt to revive the worldwide nuclear cope with Iran.