Israel threatens Syria after missiles fired at jets

It did not provide additional details except to say that "several anti-aircraft missiles" had been fired from Syria during the operation, one of which was intercepted by Israeli air defenses.

Days after the Syrian army claimed to have downed an Israeli jet, Israel's defense minister on Sunday threatened to "destroy" Syrian air defense systems in case of any future encounters.

The exchange of fire took place in the middle of the night with air raid sirens in the Israeli-occupied Jordan valley and reports of an explosion, which was later clarified as one of the missiles being brought down by Israeli air defences.

Israeli media said one missile was intercepted by the Arrow system north of Jerusalem.

Iran-backed Hezbollah has been fighting in the Syrian war in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, and Israel has expressed concern over whether the war will result in Iran increasing its power in the country.

Israel does not usually confirm or deny individual raids, but it may have been led to acknowledge Friday's raid by the circumstances of the incident.

Israel seized most of the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it in 1981, in a move never recognised by the global community.

He reiterated what Israel calls its "red lines", including not allowing advanced weapons to be supplied to Hezbollah and preventing the Golan Heights from being used as a front against it.

The Israel Defense Forces refused to comment on the reports.

While Israeli acknowledgment of an intervention in Syria is rare, it is not unprecedented.

It isn't the first time that Syria has fired anti-aircraft missiles at Israel, but it was the first time that Israel officially deployed the Arrow system, Haaretz said. "At no point was the safety of Israeli civilians or aircraft compromised". Two others are said to have landed in Israel.

"Each time we discover arms transfers from Syria to Lebanon we will act to stop them".

Israeli fighter jets at dawn Friday struck a number of targets in next-door Syria, according to the Israeli military.

But it said none of those missiles had hit their targets. A subsequent Israeli airstrike destroyed a vehicle carrying four militants, Lerner said.



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