After a sleepless night, many people in Israel today want to know that if the alarm goes off at two o’clock in the morning, the story of the explosions and air strikes in Syria actually reveals the mysterious conflict in the region.
Israel used the Patriot air defense system to try to stop Syrian surface-to-air missiles launched from Syria and activate the siren located near Dimona, where the sensitive nuclear facility is located. Israel said that Syrian missiles were not aimed at specific targets. However, this raises questions about reports of explosions in Modine, Jerusalem and the area around Rehovot, the Jerusalem Post wrote.
According to reports, the interceptor apparently from the Patriot system failed to intercept the missile. Given that Israel said last year that it had improved the capabilities of its integrated multi-layer air defense system, this is not a good result. Israel has an iron dome, David’s slingshot and arrows. These three systems are designed to stop threats from missiles to drones. It also has the American Patriot system. Jerusalem and Washington jointly developed the slingshots of Airo and David, and Israel independently developed the iron dome. Two of the batteries have been delivered to the U.S. military in the past year.
Why did the Patriots choose to shoot down the S-200 rocket that flew from Syria? Israel used the Patriots in 2017 and 2018 against drones flying from Syria. The Jewish state has owned the Patriot Fort in southern Israel near Eilat for many years. Saudi Arabia often uses Patriot missiles for the Houthi threat to Yemen, as well as ballistic missiles.
However, Iron Dome and David’s slingshot were used in Israel’s exercises against the same target last year to show whether they can cooperate well. David’s Sling has a range similar to the Patriot, and its interceptor is designed to be installed in the Patriot battery.
Regarding the April 22 incident, there are many unresolved issues. Why did Syria fire rockets in the direction of Dimona? If it is true that the missile was not deliberately aimed at sensitive areas, then why did it fly completely toward southern Israel?
Attempting to use a map to observe how a Syrian rocket might end up in southern Israel suggests that it might fly over Jordan and the West Bank. However, during the incident on the morning of April 22, explosions were heard over Rehovot and Modiin. At around 1:40 in the morning in Israel, Israel announced that it “heard a siren in Abu Qrenat.” This is the area near Dimona. Israel announced at 2:55 in the morning: “A ground-to-air missile that fell into the Negev has just been discovered from Syria. In response, a few minutes ago, the Israeli military hit the rocket’s battery and other Syrian ground. battery.
Questions remain about what happened and what prompted the Syrians to launch anti-aircraft missiles. In March 2017, the Syrians also launched an S-200, which crossed Jordan and was intercepted by Israeli arrow missiles. He is carrying a large nuclear warhead of several hundred kilograms, which Israel considers to be a serious threat.
Arrow aims to stop large ballistic missiles and threats that may occur outside the atmosphere, such as long-range ballistic missiles. For example, Iran produces missiles with a range of thousands of kilometers and also provides other missiles to its allies in the region. In August 2018, Iran delivered long-range missiles to pro-Iranian groups in Iraq. Reuters then wrote: “The above-mentioned missiles Zelzal, Fateh-110 and Zolfaqar have a range of about 200 to 700 kilometers, which means that if they are in southern or western Iraq.”.
In Syria, there were no reports of the activation of air defense systems and no reports of air strikes before the siren in southern Israel. The remains of an S-200 rocket allegedly launched by Syria were found in Syria. According to reports, people in Abu Grenat heard a strong explosion. Is it because of the Syrian missile attack or interception? The wreckage of the S-200 was found about 30 kilometers away from the Dimon factory.
The Twitter account Aurora Intel used open source data to track the incident. He pointed out that the S-200 battery in Dumayr was referred to as the source of the Syrian fire. Aurora concluded that the Syrians may have fired missiles preventively and suspected that Israel was about to conduct an air strike. Aurora also wrote that S-200 fragments were found in a pool of Asharin in southern Israel.
If the Syrian air defense system does not intend to launch missiles at Dimona, but launches them randomly as in March 2017, then the question remains how such a large warhead can penetrate so deeply into Israel, and Israel has one of the best in the world Defensive airspace. The S-200 is not a complicated weapon. If it can cause such an alarm by firing in the wrong direction, it will only make it a more advanced weapon deliberately aimed at Israel.
In September 2019, Iran attacked the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia with drones and cruise missiles. Iran has provided drones and ballistic missiles to the Houthis in Yemen. He sent precision-guided ammunition to Hezbollah. He delivered ballistic missiles to Iraq, and delivered missiles and other weapons and drones to Syria.
The Jerusalem Post concluded that it is unclear about the events of April 22, including why Syria fired missiles so far south of Israel so randomly, and whether Israeli interceptors managed to stop the threat.