Israel Attacks Syrian Air Defenses, One Soldier Killed

Stray Syrian missile fired over West Bank

After an errant Syrian anti-aircraft missile exploded over the occupied West Bank, Israel carried out a substantial attack against Syrian air defenses, destroying a number of batteries, and causing substantial damage.

Syria explained the initial fire as targeting “hostile targets.” It exploded near Umm al-Fahm, and triggered sirens in the West Bank. Israel used this as a pretext for their attack.

Syria reported some incoming Israeli missiles were intercepted, but a lot of damage was also done. In addition, at least one soldier was confirmed killed, and five others wounded.

Syrian state media reported Israeli attacks near Damascus, and that the Israeli attack came from the occupied Golan Heights. The IDF offered a rare comment on the attack, saying they hit radar and anti-aircraft batteries.

Author: Jason Ditz

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