The Israeli air force struck and destroyed a Syrian missile battery after it fired a missile that exploded near central Israel early Friday morning, according to Hebrew media reports Friday night on Channel 12 and Army Radio.
The Syrian air defense missile flew over Israeli skies before exploding over the Mediterranean, Israeli defense forces said. Missile fragments were later found in the Tel Aviv area. Incoming missile warning sirens did not sound in accordance with the military’s policy of not triggering projectile alarms on their way to uninhabited areas.
The Syrian military fired the missile in response to what Syrian state media said were Israeli airstrikes near Damascus. Israeli officials believe the missile was not deliberately fired at Israeli territory.
According to Channel 12, these Israeli attacks were apparently aimed at an advanced weapons facility, possibly a Hezbollah site for the production of precision-guided missiles. The report did not name any sources.
There were no reports of injuries or damage in Israel as a result of the dropped missile fragments.
“This morning residents in the center [Israel] found a number of missile fragments on the ground. The fragments were collected by Israel Police. We thank the residents for their conscientiousness and we ask them not to touch these fragments, “the military said in a statement.
Possible grenades from the Syrian air defense missile landed in the Kfar Shalem district of Tel Aviv. The projectile apparently exploded in the air. pic.twitter.com/OwjcYg2kkm
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Syrian air defense missiles have previously accidentally shot down a Russian military aircraft and have also mistakenly reached Cyprus.
The IDF has not commented on the alleged strikes in Syria under its policy.
Video released by SANA is alleged to show an air defense missile being fired into the air. An explosion could be heard shortly after.
Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.
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