Syria’s army high command said in a statement on Friday that Israeli jets breached Syrian air space early in the morning and attacked a military target near Palmyra in what it described as an act of aggression that aided Islamic State.
In a rare confirmation of Israel carrying out airstrikes in Syria, the IDF said on Friday morning that “several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria during the operation. One of the missiles was intercepted by the air defense systems of the IDF.” It marked the first time that Israel used its Arrow-3 missile defense system.
According to Arab media, the target of the IAF strikes was a Hezbollah weapons convoy.
As a result of these activities, a rocket alert siren was heard in the Aravot HaYarden Regional Council in Israel’s Jordan Valley, the army statement added.
Syria fired 3 anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli jets; one knocked down by the “Arrow” defense system, reportedly over Jordan; other two strike Israel, causing no damage.
At no point was the safety of Israeli civilians or the IAF aircraft compromised, the IDF spokesperson added.
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.