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IAF strikes Hezbollah weapons convoy in Syria; ‘Arrow’ battery intercepts Syrian missile

A rocket alert siren was heard in Aravot HaYarden Regional Council in Israel’s Jordan Valley at around 3:00 a.m. Friday morning, the IDF confirmed.

Following the siren, residents of Jerusalem, Modiin and Samaria reported hearing an explosion.

There were no reports of injuries or damages.

It was unclear whether a rocket or rockets had landed or were intercepted and where they were fired from, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.

The IDF later confirmed that the sirens were related to Israeli airstrikes on several targets in Syria.

According to Arab media, the target of the IAF strikes was a Hezbollah weapons convoy.

Several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria following the mission and IDF “Arrow” Aerial Defense Systems intercepted one of the missiles, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

At no point was the safety of Israeli civilians or the IAF aircraft compromised.

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The Arrow is primarily designed to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere, intercepting the weapons and their nuclear, biological or chemical warheads close to their launch sites.

Therefore its use against a surface-to-air missile was somewhat odd and may indicate a misidentification of the type of weapon being fired from Syria.

 

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