Israel says Syrian missiles weren’t targeting nuclear reactors

Jerusalem — Israeli forces reached deep into Israeli territory on Thursday, saying that Syrian missiles that launched air raid sirens near the country’s top secret reactors were the result of a misfire, not a deliberate attack. It was.

The missile landed in southern Israel early Thursday, urging Israel to respond with air strikes on missile launchers and other targets in Syria.

Brig, the chief spokesman for the Army. General Hidai Silberman was reportedly told military correspondents that the Israeli Air Force was already operating in Syrian territory when the anti-aircraft missile was launched. He said a projectile identified as a Russian-made SA-5 missile missed its target and exploded in southern Israel.

The missile, also known as the S200, sounded an air raid siren about 200 miles south of the desert town of Israel, the village near Dimona, and Damascus, where the Israeli reactors are located.

“I didn’t intend to hit Dimona’s reactor,” Silberman was reportedly said.

The Israeli missile defense system attempted to intercept an incoming missile but failed. Defense Minister Benny Gantz said the case was under investigation.

In Washington, US Central Command Chief General Frank Mackenzie made a similar assessment to the Senate Military Commission on Thursday.

“In fact, I think it reflects the incompetence of the Syrian Air Defense Force in responding to Israeli strikes against Syrian targets. Launching missiles, the missiles literally become ballistic and have a parabolic trajectory to Israel. I followed, “he said. “I don’t think it was a deliberate attack, but it’s just a lack of capability on the Syrian aviation defense side.”

In recent years, Israel has repeatedly launched air strikes in Syria. This includes military targets related to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s allies, the enemy Iran and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. Such strikes routinely cause anti-aircraft fire in Syria. The exchange on Thursday was unusual as the Syrian projectile landed deep inside Israel.

Syrian state news agency SANA said the exchange began with an Israeli airstrike on Dumar, a suburb of the capital Damascus. Dumar is believed to house Syrian military facilities and batteries, as well as Iran-backed militia-owned bases and arsenals. SANA said four soldiers were injured.

A British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based opposition war surveillance group tracking the Syrian civil war, said an Israeli strike struck an air defense base belonging to the Syrian army and destroyed the area’s air defense turrets. It was. The Syrian army said it had launched surface-to-air missiles accordingly.

The Syrian media does not mention anti-aircraft missiles landing deep in Israel.

The air raid warning was sounded in Abclinato, a village near Dimona. The explosions heard throughout Israel may have been an air defense system.

Obvious missile debris was found in the pool of Ashalim, a community about 20 miles southwest of Dimona. Israeli troops arrived at the scene and collected debris. There were no reports of damage or injury.

The exchange between Israel and Syria is against the backdrop of heightened tensions between Israel and Iran, who maintain troops and agents in Syria. Iran has accused Israel of a series of attacks on the nuclear facility, including sabotage at the Yongbyon nuclear facility on April 11, and vowed revenge.

The fire exchange could also complicate US-led attempts to revive an international nuclear deal with Iran, which Israel is deeply opposed to.

By Josef Federman