Syrian anti – aircraft missiles land near the Israeli nuclear site Middle Eastern news

The Israeli army hits Syrian missile batteries after the explosion in the vicinity of the Dimona nuclear site in the south of the country.

The Israeli military says a Syrian anti-aircraft missile missed its target and exploded near a nuclear facility in the southern city of Dimona, an attack that a military spokesman said was likely an accident.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the incident that triggered warning sirens in the area near the secret Dimona nuclear reactor. The Israeli military said the nuclear site was not hit by the blast.

Reporting from West Jerusalem, Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett said the Syrian rocket that fell near Dimona was a considerable explosion that could be heard in Jerusalem, about 150 km (93 miles) from the site.

An Israeli army spokesman said the Syrian missile was fired on Israeli planes during a previous strike and flew over its target and reached the Dimona area.

The erroneous Syrian missile was an SA-5, one of several shot down Israeli airplanes, according to the spokesman.

The Israeli military said it responded to several missile batteries in Syria in response to the launch, including one that fired the projectile that struck its territory.

“A ground-to-air missile was fired from Syria in southern Israel’s Negev. In response, we hit the rocket launcher and the additional ground-to-air batteries in Syria, “the Israeli military said.

“Syria intercepts Israeli attack”

Syria’s state news agency, SANA, said Syrian air defenses intercepted the Israeli attack on areas of Damascus’ suburbs early Thursday.

“Air defenses intercepted the missiles and shot down most of them,” the SANA news agency said. However, four soldiers were injured in the attack and some property damage occurred, he said.

According to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Israeli missiles hit the Syrian government air defense base in the city of Dmeir – about 40 km (25 miles) northeast of Damascus.

Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Israel has routinely carried out raids in Syria, mainly targeting Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces, as well as government troops. But he rarely acknowledged them publicly.

Israel has long sought to prevent bitter enemy Iran from settling in the war-torn nation.

The latest missile launch comes as tensions escalate between Israel and Iran, with Tehran promising “revenge” after sabotaging its Natanz uranium enrichment plant.

Iran says it believes Israel was behind the incident – when a small explosion hit the plant’s electricity distribution earlier this month.

Israel has not claimed responsibility for the incident, but the country’s unsourced media reports have attributed it to Israeli security services conducting a “cyber operation”.

The New York Times, citing US and Israeli intelligence officials, also said there was an “Israeli role” in the attack.

“In the context of what is happening in recent weeks, the high tensions between Iran and Israel over Iran’s nuclear program and the attack on Israel on the Iranian Natanz facility, there was immediate concern that this could be the next step in this shadow conflict. , a very dangerous and escalating one “, said Fawcett.

“However, what the Israeli army said was that a Syrian anti-aircraft battery targeting the Israeli weapons received exceeded its target and entered as far as Israel and exploded over southern Israel. This is something for which there is a precedent “, he explained.