Israel Missile Strikes Leave One Soldier Dead in Syria

The Israeli army said they have struck military targets in Syria in response to a missile attack, while Syrian defense officials claimed they have downed a number of missiles, but confirmed the killing of one soldier.

Israeli army in a statement said an anti-aircraft missile fired from Syria exploded in the air over the city of Umm al-Fahm in central Israel on Wednesday morning.

“A launch was identified from Syrian territory toward Israel. The missile exploded in the air and as such there was no need to carry out an interception,” the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.

According to Rescuers Without Borders, a Jewish emergency service operating in the West Bank, said the shrapnel landed near the Homesh outpost and caused a small fire.

However, Syrian defense officials said they fired anti-aircraft missiles in response to an Israeli airstrike on sites near Damascus.

Syrian state media SANA said Israel launched an “aerial aggression with bursts of missiles from the direction of southeastern Beirut”, and also launched another “aggression with surface-to-ground missiles” from the direction of Syrian Golan, targeting some points in Damascus vicinity.

Syrian officials confirmed the killing of one soldier, while five more were wounded during the missile attacks.

SANA also reported that the “aggression” caused material damages to the citizens’ houses and their property in Qudsayya City of Damascus.

Meanwhile, the IDF in a statement said Israel struck several Syrian air defense batteries inside Syria, including the Syrian radar and anti-aircraft batteries that launched missiles at IAF aircraft,”

“The IDF will continue to protect Israel’s airspace and security,” the military’s statement added.

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