For the first time, David’s Sling fired at rockets launched in Syria
Israel launched its newest air defense system on Monday on the Syrian frontier, as a precaution against rockets fired in internal fight in Syria, setting off sirens in northern Israeli communities.
Israel has been on high alert as Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad regains ground from southern rebels, bringing his forces close to the Israeli Golan Heights.
In a sign of high tensions, Israel launched two David’s Sling interceptor missiles at rockets which the IDF later said fell inside Syrian territory and were part of the internal fighting there.
It was Israel’s first published operational use of the mid-range missiles, which are jointly manufactured by U.S. firm Raytheon Co (RTN.N). The incident triggered sirens in northern Israel and on the Golan.
Seven consecutive Code Red Alerts were sounded on Monday morning in several locations throughout the Upper Galilee and the Golan, including Tzfat, Golan Regional Council, Upper Galilee, Merom HaGalil Regional Council, Mevo’ot HaHermon Regional Council, Kibbutz Ayelet HaShahar, Katzrin, Gadot and Kibbutz Hulata.
The IDF did not immediately elaborate on whether the targets were shot down by David’s Sling. Israel deployed the system last year to complement its short-range Iron Dome and long-range Arrow interceptors.
BREAKING: Sirens heard in Upper Galilee, Katzrin, Tzfat, Golan in Northern Israel. Reports: A drone has been intercepted by a Patriot missile. pic.twitter.com/zMBZ6NNVfq
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Yesterday, Syrian media reported an Israeli airstrike on a Research Center in Masyaf town in Hama, in unusual pre-nighttime raid.
Syrian opposition report Iranian IRGC and Hezbollah terrorists killed in the strike.
According to reports, the Syrian ‘research’ facility that was attacked developed short range surface-to-surface missiles.