A skier's helmet camera has captured the moment Israel's Iron Dome missile interception system intercepting a warhead fired from Syria over the slopes of Mount Hermon.
The military framed the raids as a response to a rocket that Israel's air defence system intercepted over the occupied Golan Heights on Sunday.
The Israelis responded with a large-scale air attack Monday night against a dozen targets, half of them Iranian Quds Force sites and the other Syrian army air defense batteries. And while both certainly know that an attack on Ben Gurion Airport would mark a major escalation and elicit a crushing Israeli response, some fear they might be insane enough to disregard the consequences. "As a result, a number of Syrian air defense batteries were also attacked", the statement added.
The Israeli minister pointed out that by attacking Iranian sites in Syria, "Israel has waged a psychological war on Iranian public opinion, and questioned the Syrian authorities' ability to continue to absorb the Israeli raids". According to Israel's statements, the response to this missile attack included strikes at munition storage facilities, training camps, intelligence-gathering operations, and the worldwide airport in Damascus, Syria.
Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: "We're operating both against Iran and against the Syrian forces that are abetting the Iranian aggression". Iran's Qud Forces are elite units within Iran's Revolutionary Guard tasked with unconventional warfare and intelligence-gathering operations, not entirely unlike special operations troops employed by many nations around the world. Based on the location of the video and accompanying statement, it seems clear that the missile was being fired into the Golan Heights, a region Israel annexed in the early 1980s, despite a significant backlash from some elements of the worldwide community.
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The rocket attack followed a rare Israeli daytime attack against Iranian positions in Syria.
The strikes have long caused friction between Israel and Russian Federation, which apart from Iran is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's other major foreign backer.
Earlier this week, Israel carried out a series of airstrikes against Iranian military targets near Damascus.
Nasirzadeh was appointed head of Iran's air force this past August.
Military officials Moscow and Jerusalem have been engaged in talks to restore trust over the incident.