By Theofrastos Andreopoulos
Translated into English
A Syrian surface-to-air missile exploded in southern Israel today, near the Israeli nuclear facility in Dimona, sparking fears of a nuclear holocaust.
These are the known-unknown facilities of Israel that are surrounded by extreme secrecy over time, while the incident resulted in the activation of the air defense sirens in the Negev area, as announced by the Israeli Army.
There have been no reports of injuries or damage in Israel so far.
Dimona: The nightmare of a nuclear strike
In the case of the Syrian anti-aircraft missile, apparently "there was no intention to strike the nuclear reactor at Dimona" said Hindai Zilberman, a spokesman for the Israeli army.
But that did not stop the Israelis from counterattacking.
The Israeli military says it has launched new airstrikes in Syria in retaliation for anti-aircraft missiles, including the one that fired the rocket that exploded in Israeli territory.
The Syrian state news agency SANA reported that the air defense system stopped an Israeli raid targeting positions on the outskirts of Damascus.
According to the agency, "most of them " were shot down by rockets fired by Israeli fighter jets.
However, four soldiers were injured and there was material damage, according to SANA.
The issue is very serious. Given the Ukrainian crisis and the US confrontation with Russia, the nuclear nightmare has returned to the planet.
The fact that the rocket was fired from an area where Iranian Al-Quds operates raises suspicions that the Israeli announcements may not have been completely "accurate".
A Syrian army spokesman quoted by Reuters news agency as saying that the Israeli raids targeted positions near the city of Dumayr, 40 kilometers north of Damascus, where Iranian-backed paramilitary groups are present. This is an area that has been repeatedly bombed by the Israeli Air Force.
According to an Israeli army spokesman, the rocket that exploded inside Israeli territory had been fired during a previous raid, but missed its target and reached the Dimona area.
According to the spokesman, this missile was fired from an SA-5 array (s.s. NATO code for the Soviet anti-aircraft system S-200). It exploded about 30 kilometers from the nuclear reactor, according to the same source.
A Reuters reporter about 90 miles (90 kilometers) north of Dimona heard the blast just minutes before the Israeli military announced on Twitter that air defenses had been sounded in the area.
Israeli media have been reporting for weeks that the air defenses around the Dimona nuclear facility and the Red Sea port city of Eilat are being stepped up in anticipation of a possible attack with long-range or UAV-backed missiles. Iran, possibly even from Yemen.
Tensions between Israel and Iran remain high, especially in the wake of the recent escalation of sabotage operations blamed on one side.
Let us not forget that a few days ago Israel allegedly dealt a massive blow to Iran's nuclear facilities and it does not seem at all strange that Iran is trying to retaliate.
The damage done by Iran to the Natanz nuclear plant is enormous.
Iran responded with its own blow to an Israeli ship off the coast of the UAE.
According to Israeli and Arab media reports, Iran hit the Israeli PCC Hyperion ship off the coast of the UAE.
The Israeli ship was hit by an Iranian missile or UAV and there were no casualties.
Another outbreak of tension has been created this time in the Middle East, while there are two more in Ukraine and Taiwan.
The planet after decades again does not feel safe.
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Misc. updates on the attack in Israel:
BREAKING on Aljazeera Arabic
Iran issues warning to Israel and says that "this was a message only ...Iran didn't attack nuke site because they do not want a catastrophic situation"
Arabic twitter is reporting that a Syrian missile was fired towards Dimona nuclear reactor and attempts by Israel to intercept it failed.
Middleast eye is reporting that the missile was targeted at an Israeli fighter jet attacking Damascus. But the missile missed the fighter jet and flew into Israel and landed 30km from Dimona nuclear site.
So seems Iran and Syria did not meant to attack Israel territory or its bases. It was an accident.
all of these reports are not 100% accurate. If an Israeli jet was many miles north attacking locations in Damascus, an anti-missile would not have the fuel to make it back to the center of Israel at Dimona. So, any attacks made in Syria have no connection with inside Israel. Period.
The rumor is that a drone or a missile, or both were used against the Dimona nuclear facility, and they were not all intercepted. There could have been more than one missile attack as well.
In retaliation Israeli jets were sent up to attack Gaza, but there was no record of the missile or drone coming from that zone. So they immediately headed for areas in Syria around Damascus, where there was a battery of Hezbollah missiles setup, and they bombed that area with air to ground missiles. It is possible that while in the area an anti missile was launched against an Israeli jet, but failed to hit it. All of these events happened sequentially.
I also saw videos of people in Dimona running while the attack was on going. I also saw a montage of several different explosions that hit Dimona AFTER the main explosion and it was very dark outside. The first explosion was not quite dark yet in Dimona, it appeared to be dusk.
It is hard to say if this report from Iran is true. It doesn't sound true to me. They are celebrating in Iran over this attack, regardless who did it or how it was done. They want Israel to hit Iran with a nuke. This would give them the excuse to hit back with nukes, and see millions of arabs invade Israel. It also brings back their Muslim messiah in Iran. So they would not apologize or hold back from attacking Israel in any way that they can.