SA-5 flies from Syria all the way to Negev in longest-range attack by Syria. Patriot missile activated in response.
According to the Jerusalem Post report, Israel and Syria exchanged missile attacks early Thursday morning after Damascus launched an advanced surface-to-air missile that landed all the way in the Negev Desert.
Alarms sounded in Abu Qrenat near Dimona in the South. Syria fired the missile in response to what it claims was an Israeli Air Force bombing near Damascus. Israel frequently strikes Syria to prevent Iranian entrenchment in the country as well as weapons shipments to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Reports from across the country, including central Israel and Jerusalem, spoke of “loud explosions” that “shook the houses.”
Early reports indicated that the explosion was the result of a Patriot missile battery – a missile defense system – responding to the firing of the missile into Israel. The IDF later confirmed the reports.
“Due to a surface to air missile entering Israeli territory, air defense systems were activated,” a statement by the IDF read, noting that the IDF was still investigating the incident.
The Patriot was reportedly launched from near the city of Dimona, not far from the location of Israel’s secretive nuclear reactor.
الانفجار ناجم عن اطلاق صاروخ بتريوت من منطقة موديعين غرب رام الله باتجاه جسم بالسماء pic.twitter.com/4YbL03AejC
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