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Syria Daily: Israel Strikes Targets, Downs Anti-Aircraft Missile

Syria Daily: Israel Strikes Targets, Downs Anti-Aircraft Missile
March 17
08:54 2017

Israel uses Arrow 3 anti-aircraft defense for first time, as Israeli jets target Hezbollah weapons convoy

The Israeli military shot down one of three anti-aircraft missiles fired as Israel’s air force struck targets inside Syria on Friday.

Arab media said the Israeli warplanes targeted a Hezbollah weapons convoy, after the Israel Defense Forces issued a statement:

Overnight IAF [Israel Air Forces] aircraft targeted several targets in Syria. Several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria following the mission and IDF Aerial Defence Systems intercepted one of the missiles.

The officials said the Arrow defense battery was used for the first time to carry out the interception.

It is unclear why the Arrow, primarily designed to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles, was used in what appeared to be an attack by an SA-5 surface-to-air missile.

The blast was heard about 2:45 a.m. in Jerusalem, dozens of miles from the Syrian border, as warning sirens went off in Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley in the Palestinian West Bank.

There were no reports of casualties or damage.

Israel has regularly carried out airstrikes during Syria’s six-year conflict. The Israelis have attacked to prevent the movement of missiles and other weapons to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, allied with the Assad regime, and in response to mortar and rocket fire near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Last week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin to reiterate Israel’s message that Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed forces should be kept far from the Golan Heights in southwest Syria.

Israel’s Arrow 3 anti-aircraft missile, used for the first time on Friday, in a test launch in December 2015

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  1. Leeroyjenkins
    Leeroyjenkins March 17, 13:50

    Lol they waited til the israelis where almost home before daring to try anything

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  2. Amir in Tel Aviv
    Amir in Tel Aviv March 17, 17:17

    It makes no sense, so I believe there’s some disinformation here

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    • caligola
      caligola March 17, 17:39

      No Amir…its just you surprised that YOUR country bombed YOUR friends you support in Syria. How awkard is that???

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    • Mikey3d
      Mikey3d March 17, 17:58

      Amir, I agree. Doesn’t make much sense. Maybe the SA-5 malfunctioned and was heading towards Israeli territories.

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      • Amir in Tel Aviv
        Amir in Tel Aviv March 17, 21:44

        Mikey, this is exactly what IDF sources tell the local media here. The SA-5 missile weights some 6 tons (old Soviet technology).

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    • Leeroyjenkins
      Leeroyjenkins March 17, 18:59

      Israel bombing hezbollah makes no sense?
      Israel veing opposed to greater iranian and hez presence on its borders males no sense?
      Israel becomming more agressive now an antinisraeli whitehouse is out and one thats uber pro israel is in makes no sense?

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  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous March 17, 20:47

    the jews know their enemy better than then they know their sons…they are only the teaser now and then in this syrian conflict..wronged moves will spark a war with a muslim world.

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  4. K9
    K9 March 17, 21:21

    Interesting article by Philip Smyth on the various Shiite militias fighting for Assad in Syria:

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