JERUSALEM—A Syrian missile exploded in southern Israel on Thursday, the Israeli navy mentioned, in an incident that triggered warning sirens close to the secretive Dimona nuclear reactor and an Israeli strike in Syria.
An Israeli navy spokesman recognized the projectile as an SA-5 surface-to-air missile fired by Syrian forces towards Israeli plane. He mentioned it overflew its goal to succeed in the Dimona space, 200 km (125 miles) south of the Syrian border.
The missile didn’t hit the reactor, exploding some 30 km (19 miles) away, the spokesman added.
The sirens that sounded in a single day within the Dimona space adopted weeks of heightened stress between Israel and Iran, an in depth ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, amid renewed world negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program.
For weeks, Israeli media have mentioned air defenses across the Dimona reactor and the Red Sea port of Eilat have been being strengthened in anticipation of a attainable long-range missile or drone assault by Iranian-backed forces.
In public remarks on Thursday’s incident, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz mentioned the anti-aircraft missile was fired from Syria throughout an Israeli strike there towards “assets that could be used for a potential attack against Israel”.
Gantz mentioned Israel’s anti-missile techniques had tried to intercept the SA-5 however have been unsuccessful.
“In most cases, we achieve other results. This is a slightly more complex case. We will investigate it and move on,” he mentioned. Israeli safety sources mentioned the missile exploded in mid-air.
In response, Israel launched additional in a single day assaults inside Syria, the navy spokesman mentioned, focusing on a number of missile batteries, together with the one which fired the SA-5.
Syria’s state information company mentioned the nation’s air protection system intercepted Israeli rockets over the suburbs of Damascus “and downed most of them”. Four troopers have been injured and there was some materials injury, it mentioned.
A Syrian navy defector mentioned the Israeli strikes focused places close to the city of Dumair, some 40 km (25 miles) northeast of the capital, the place Iranian-backed militias have a presence. It is an space hit repeatedly in previous Israeli assaults.
Addressing the probability of a Syrian anti-aircraft missile overshooting its goal and flying an extended distance into Israel, Uzi Rubin, an Israeli missile knowledgeable, mentioned the state of affairs was “consistent with the characteristics” of an SA-5.
“The trajectory of a stray anti-aircraft missile on an unintended descent is very tricky to track,” he informed Reuters.
“Israel’s air defense systems are in theory capable of carrying out such an interception with proper preparation, but it would be at the edge of the capability envelope.”
By Dan Williams and Jeffrey Heller