Israel strikes Syria in response to anti-aircraft fire, says military

Israel strikes Syria in response to anti-aircraft fire, says military
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09 February, 2022
The Israeli military said it attacked missile batteries in Syria on Wednesday after an anti-aircraft missile was fired towards Israel during what Syrian state television reported was an earlier strike around Damascus.
Syrian state TV said one soldier was killed and five others wounded following the strike [source: Getty]

Israel launched strikes against targets in Syria early Wednesday, hitting anti-aircraft batteries in response to a missile fired from Syria, the Israeli military said.

Sirens were sounded in the city of Umm Al-Fahm in northern Israel after the Syrian missile launch but it exploded in mid-air, Israeli forces tweeted.

"In response to the anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria earlier tonight, we just struck surface-to-air missile targets in Syria, including radar & anti-aircraft batteries," Israel's military said. 

Syrian state media said the country's air defences had been activated against Israeli fire "in the vicinity of Damascus".

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Citing a military source, it said Israeli aerial attacks began shortly before 1:00 am and were accompanied at 1:10 am by surface-to-surface missile strikes "from the direction of the occupied Golan".

"Our aerial defences confronted the enemy's missiles and shot some of them down," the Syrian news agency SANA said.

SANA said one soldier was killed and five others wounded, "along with material damage".

Israel rarely comments on the air strikes it carries out in Syria but has said repeatedly it will not allow its archfoe Iran to extend its footprint in the country.

Since civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes on Syrian territory, targeting government positions as well as allied Iran-backed forces and Hezbollah fighters.