JERUSALEM: A Syrian officer was killed and three soldiers wounded on Thursday in strikes launched by Israel after a missile was fired towards a secretive nuclear site in the Jewish state, a monitor said.

Since the outbreak of Syria’s civil war in 2011, Israel has routinely carried out aerial raids on the country, mostly targeting Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces as well as government troops. Its latest salvo was launched in the early hours of Thursday after a missile was fired from Syria towards southern Israel, where the Dimona nuclear reactor is located. Sirens sounded in Abu Qrenat, a Bedouin village not far from the nuclear site, the Israeli military said, before it responded by striking multiple defence batteries across the border.

The exchange of fire comes less than two weeks after Iran accused its arch-foe Israel of “terrorism” following an explosion at the Islamic republic’s Natanz nuclear facility.

“A surface-to-air missile was fired from Syria to Israel’s southern Negev,” the Israel Defence Forces tweeted.

Published in Dawn, April 23rd, 2021

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