Netanyahu: our raids targeted advanced weapons of Hezbollah in Syria
- Author: Rogelio Becker Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 0:24
Israeli warplanes had attacked several targets in Syria, the IDF said, prompting the Syrian attack. The IDF later confirmed that the sirens were a result of Israeli airstrikes on several targets in Syria, Israel National News reports.
Israeli Channel 10 TV reported that Israel deployed its Arrow defense system for the first time against a real threat and hit an incoming missile, intercepting it before it exploded in Israel.
Russian Federation summoned its ambassador to Israel for clarifications following Israeli airstrikes in Syria.
In the summer of 2006, Israel and Hezbollah fought a devastating war in Lebanon that killed almost 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and about 160 Israelis, mostly troops. "When we detect attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, and we have the intelligence and feasibility to carry out an operation, we will work to prevent it".
Israeli jets have been striking targets in Syria since at least 2013, when United States officials told CNN they believed IDF jets had hit targets inside Syrian territory.
The firing of missiles from Syria toward Israeli aircraft is extremely rare, though Israeli military officials reported a shoulder-fired missile a few months ago.
A surface-to-air missile (SAM) was intercepted using the Arrow system, created to stop long-range ballistic missiles, reports say.
It also supports the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, committing thousands of fighters to battle alongside Assad's forces.
Both Israeli and foreign media have reported a number of Israeli air strikes inside Syria targeting arms convoys of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which fought a devastating 2006 war with Israel and is now fighting alongside the Damascus regime. The Syrian army later claimed it had shot down one of the planes and promised a harsh response.
Syria accused Israel of supporting the Islamic State.
"Overnight IAF (Israeli Air Force) aircraft targeted several targets in Syria".
Israeli soldiers take part in a military training in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights near the Syrian border on February 21, 2017.
No Israelis were hurt during the strikes Thursday night or from the anti-aircraft fire, according to a statement by the IDF spokesman.