Syria responded by firing several missiles at the aircraft – one of which was intercepted by Israel’s air defense systems.
The incident is a rare military exchange between the two hostile neighbors.
“Our policy is very consistent”.
This issue was a focal point in talks last week with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Putin in Moscow.
A few years into the war, Hezbollah joined forces with Assad, sending thousands of its fighters to reinforce Syrian troops. Syrian authorities have repeatedly accused Israel of endorsing terrorism by carrying out the attacks.
However, the interception of a missile making its way over the Syrian border was an uncommon incident.
The Arrow system has been used in Israel since the 1990s, according to the Jerusalem Post. The Syrian government has made similar unfounded claims in the past.
Syria claimed in state media to have shot down an Israeli warplane, hit a second one, and then the Israeli planes fled.
Israel denied Syria’s allegation that it shot down an Israeli airplane, struck another and forced the other two to withdraw.
There was no immediate comment from Hezbollah.
“A mission like the one which took place today was supposed to be reported by foreign reports circulated on Arab media outlets”.
The army added that none of the missiles hit Israel.
“Overnight IAF (Israeli Air Force) aircraft targeted several targets in Syria”.
The blast was heard as far away as Jerusalem, dozens of miles away. When she went outside she found a small crater and a 3-meter-long (10-foot) cylinder.
What is known of this unusual story is this: Israel’s Super Green Pine radar – part of the joint U.S. -Israel Arrow weapon system – detected a threat and launched an Arrow 2 interceptor against its first operational target. Whereas the country’s Iron Dome system deals with short-range threats such as rockets, and David’s Sling is created to tackle midrange threats, Arrow can take out targets outside Earth’s atmosphere.
The airstrikes yesterday (17 March) would be repeated if necessary, Netanyahu warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group in the Egyptian Sinai peninsula have also fired rockets into Israel on occasion.
Syrian says that Israel targeted a “military target” near Palmyra which lead to the response.