Israel threatens to 'destroy without hesitation' Syrian air defence systems

Israel threatens to 'destroy without hesitation' Syrian air defence systems”

It is rare for Israel to admit to air strikes in Syria though there have been reports of at least four similar raids against Hezbollah weapons shipments since the start of December of past year.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told Israel Radio on Sunday morning that Israel has no reason to become involved in the Syrian civil war, and that the only reason it does attack inside Syria's territory is to prevent arm shipments from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Nasrallah said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had recently visited Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to express his deep concern over the likely collapse of Daesh in Syria since such a development would mark a great triumph for the resistance front in the Middle East region.

Israeli aerial defence systems intercepted one of the missiles but the army would not say if any other missiles struck Israeli-held territory, but confirmed the safety of Israeli civilians and Israeli aircraft was "not compromised".

Syria claims their missiles downed one Israeli jet and hit another, which Israel rejected as "absolutely untrue". The Arrow is created to knock down incoming ballistic missiles and was developed with financial and technical assistance from the United States.

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Israeli Channel 10 TV reported that Israel deployed its Arrow defence system for the first time against a real threat and hit an incoming missile, intercepting it before it exploded in Israel.

Around 3:00 a.m., Israelis in the Jordan Valley and even some Jerusalemites heard the explosions and air raid sirens.

It is rare for Israel to publicly acknowledge air strikes inside Syria, with whom Israel is still technically at war.

Iran is backing regime leader Bashar al Assad in the Syrian war and has provided militia to support his forces.

And in a rare admission, Israel said it had targeted several sites in Syria.

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Israel and Syria are still technically at war, though the border had remained largely quiet for decades until 2011 when the Syrian conflict began.

"Israel does not usually confirm or deny individual raids, but it may have been led to do so this time by the circumstances of the incident", Israeli global news TV channel i24 News reported on the issue.

The group said it was an Israeli drone that had carried out the strike.

One of the missiles was intercepted by Israel's Arrow missile defense system, marking its first operational use.

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