Israeli air strikes in Syria. Reprisal threatened

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 17, 2017

The Arrow was the first system of its kind - created to intercept enemy ballistic missiles on their way to Israel outside the atmosphere and way before they even crossed into Israeli airspace.

In response to the attack, Syria threatened: "We promise to respond immediately, directly and by any means possible to the attempted Israeli attack on Syria".

Syria's state news agency Sana said on Friday that Syrian forces had shot down one of four Israeli planes which had carried out overnight raids.

The Arrow Missile Defense System is special because it is not only ground-to-ground but also ground-to-air.

"I can say that the sirens were the result of the incident", an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson told Sputnik, referring to the launch of missiles at Israeli planes that carried out attacks on targets in Syria.

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

Israel's army confirmed that it intercepted one of several anti-aircraft missiles that were launched at its air force as it was bombing "targets" in Syria. But it was made a decision to use the Arrow-3 system anyway, Ynet reported, speaking about a "dramatic night" - to prevent one of the Syrian missiles from exploding on Israeli territory. 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 a year ago.

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

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.

Israel and Syria are technically at war due to Tel Aviv's continued occupation of the latter's Golan Heights since 1967.

Fragments of the Israeli Arrow missile fell on Jordan territory.

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