The Israeli military said a Syrian surface-to-air missile exploded in southern Israel on Thursday. The incident triggered sirens in the area near the secret Dimona nuclear reactor.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in Israel.
The military said that in response to the launch, it attacked several missile batteries in Syria, including one that fired a projectile that hit southern Israel.
The agency said: “The air defense forces intercepted the rockets and shot down most of them.”
The Israeli Army Radio said that the Syrian missile was launched on an Israeli aircraft in an earlier strike and had already passed the target and reached the Dimona area.
A Reuters reporter heard an explosion about 90 kilometers (56 miles) north of Dimona. The military tweeted that police sirens had sounded in the area.
An Israeli military spokesperson said that the erroneous Syrian missile was an SA-5 missile, one of several missiles fired at Israeli Air Force aircraft. He added that it did not hit the reactor.
The Israeli media have been saying for weeks that the air defense system near the Dimona reactor and the Red Sea port of Eilat is being strengthened because they expect Iran-backed forces to launch long-range missile or drone attacks on remote Yemen.
There are high tensions between Israel and Iran’s nuclear program in Tehran and the recent surge in sabotage, with some major enemies accusing each other.
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