Just after midnight on April 21st, Israeli fighter jets carried out a series of strikes on unknown targets near Damascus.
They did so from the air above occupied Golan Heights.
Most of these were intercepted by Syrian Air Defense, but an errant missile landed in a field in southern Israel, near the nuclear center in Dimona.
The Israeli army said the missile landed in the Negev region and the air raid sirens were sounded in Abu Krinat, a village just a few kilometres from Dimona, where Israel’s nuclear reactor is located, and explosions were reported across Israel. The army later said the incoming missile had caused no damage.
BREAKING: A surface-to-air missile was fired from Syria to Israel’s southern Negev.
In response, we struck the battery from which the missile was launched and additional surface-to-air batteries in Syria.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) April 22, 2021
In response to the missile that landed in Israeli territory, approximately an hour later IDF fighter jets returned, and targeted a Syrian air defense battery, destroying it.
Four Syrian Arab Army soldiers were injured, none were killed.
Israeli and US media missed to report that the surface-to-air missile landed in Israel because it was targeting IDF fighter jets bombing the area near Damascus.
They simply said that the destruction of the air defense battery was in response to the Syrian missile just somehow landing in Israeli territory.
“The incident, marking the most serious violence between Israel and Syria in years, pointed to likely Iranian involvement. Iran, which maintains troops and proxies in Syria, has accused Israel of a series of attacks on its nuclear facilities, including sabotage at its Natanz nuclear facility on April 11, and vowed revenge.”
Iran’s hard-line Kayhan newspaper published an opinion piece by Iranian analyst Sadollah Zarei suggesting Israel’s Dimona facility be targeted after the attack on Natanz. Zarei cited the idea of “an eye for an eye” in his remarks.
Action should be taken “against the nuclear facility in Dimona,” he wrote. “This is because no other action is at the same level as the Natanz incident.”
Earlier in the day, an explosion took place in an Israeli government-owned defense contractor that produces missile engines.
The explosion was pretty large, and turned out to be a “planned test”, even though there was no mention of it prior or after the fact by neither the defense contractor or the Israeli Ministry of Defense.
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