Is­raeli mis­siles down Syr­ian rock­ets

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Iron Dome mis­sile de­fence sys­tem de­stroyed two rock­ets fired from Syria at Golan Heights, in an ap­par­ent rise in ten­sion be­tween the un­easy neigh­bours.

“A pro­jec­tile fired from Syria was in­ter­cepted by the Iron Dome aerial de­fence sys­tem. No in­juries have been re­ported,” a mil­i­tary state­ment said on Septem­ber 17.

“This is the first time that fire from Syria has been in­ter­cepted by the Iron Dome aerial de­fence sys­tem,” a mil­i­tary spokesper­son told AFP in re­sponse to a query.

The army took down a sec­ond pro­jec­tile later in the day.

It was a marked de­par­ture from re­cent tit-for-tat ar­tillery fire and oc­ca­sional re­tal­ia­tory air strikes.

Is­rael de­ployed bat­ter­ies on its northern flank as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure af­ter a 2015 Is­raeli air strike against the Lebanese Shi­ite Hezbol­lah group’s forces in Syria.

The coun­try’s public ra­dio said that the mil­i­tary be­lieved the lat­est rocket fire from Syria was an un­in­ten­tional spillover from the coun­try’s com­plex civil war, which is now in its sixth year.

Is­rael has sought to avoid be­ing drawn in to the con­flict, but has at­tacked Syr­ian mil­i­tary tar­gets when fire fell on its side of the di­vide.

Photo: EPA

An Is­raeli sol­dier stands guard next to the Iron Dome anti-mis­sile sys­tem de­ployed near the south­ern town of Sderot in the back­ground. Is­rael shot down two rock­ets fired from Syria.

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