A Syrian missile exploded in the area of the Dimona nuclear reactor in the Negev Desert. The missile had targeted an Israeli F-16. The Israelis responded with an airstrike against the missile launcher and air defense systems in Syria.
An Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman said that an SA-5 surface-to-air missile was launched from Syria. It flew about 125 miles to within 18 miles of the Dimona nuclear site where it exploded in mid-air.
“A surface-to-air missile was fired from Syria to Israel’s southern Negev,” the IDF posted on Twitter.”In response, we struck the battery from which the missile was launched and additional surface-to-air batteries in Syria.”
The Syrian surface-to-air missile (SAM) was considered an “errant” miss. Interestingly, the missile was fired from 125 miles away in Damascus. This is a very long range for a SAM used for air defenses.