A more likely scenario, several experts here said, is that the Syrian regime was so incensed by yet another successful Israeli air attack on its soil that it fired off a Scud-type ballistic missile to make a point. Jordanian sources stated that this was the attack target that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about.
The Syrian army released a statement saying that four Israeli jets conducted an airstrike, and they responded with anti-aircraft missiles. "When we detect attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, and we have the intelligence and feasibility to carry out an operation, we will work to prevent it".
Israeli aerial defence systems intercepted one of the missiles but the army would not say if any other missiles struck Israeli-held territory, but confirmed the safety of Israeli civilians and Israeli aircraft was "not compromised".
It isn't the first time that Syria has fired anti-aircraft missiles at Israel, but it was the first time that Israel officially deployed the Arrow system, Haaretz said. The Arrow is created to knock down incoming ballistic missiles and was developed with financial and technical assistance from the United States.
Russia, which backs Syria's embattled president, Bashar Assad, summoned its envoy, Gary Koren, on Friday less than 24 hours after the Israeli military action on Thursday night, according to The Times of Israel.
According to the Israeli army, the aircraft had already returned to Israeli airspace when Syrian launched its air-defense rockets.
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"Overnight. aircraft targeted several targets in Syria", an Israeli army statement said.
Most of Israel's reported strikes have been around the Syrian capital of Damascus, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967.
Following the war, Israel began developing the Golan, freeing farmers in the Hula Valley from daily Syrian sniper fire.
Israel pays close attention to development in the Syrian conflict and the possibility that its arch-rival Iran will be able to install allies near the Israeli borders.
"Syria made a dramatic shift today as it managed to discover the movements of the Israeli warplanes", Amir said, pointing out that Damascus has broken the equation with the Zionist entity.