The Israeli Defense Forces announced on Thursday that the Israeli army had attacked missile batteries in Syria, responding to a launch of a missile that fell earlier in the day near the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center.
"A surface-to-air missile was fired from Syria to Israel’s southern Negev. In response, we struck the battery from which the missile was launched and additional surface-to-air batteries in Syria," the IDF tweeted.
BREAKING: A surface-to-air missile was fired from Syria to Israel’s southern Negev.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) April 22, 2021
In response, we struck the battery from which the missile was launched and additional surface-to-air batteries in Syria.
Earlier, the Syrian state-run SANA media outlet reported that Syrian air defence systems repelled an Israeli rocket attack near the capital of Damascus.
According to SANA, the attack occurred in the area of the city of Dumayr, about 45 km northeast of the capital of Damascus. At least four Syrian soldiers were injured in the attack, according to SANA.
"Approximately at 01:38 today [22:38 GMT on Wednesday], Israel committed an act of air aggression with the use of missiles from the occupied Golan Heights, having hit some targets in the outskirts of Damascus. Our air defense systems have repelled the aggression and downed the majority [of missiles]. The aggression left four servicemen injured and caused some material damage," the Syrian defense ministry said in a statement.
A previous attack, reported earlier this month, came from the Golan Heights and Lebanon, as SANA informed. The missile, attributed to Israel, reportedly wounded four Syrian soldiers.
Syria has been consistently reporting airstrikes from Israel. Tel Aviv asserts that it targets what it claims to be an Iranian-backed militia operating in the country.