Israel strikes Syria after attack near nuclear site

This file image shows what the television station claims is Israel's top secret nuclear facility in the southern Israeli town of Dimona, the first detailed video of the site ever shown to the public. Earlier, air raid sirens sounded in Dimona, the Negev town that is home to Israel's secretive nuclear reactor, indicating a possible incoming attack.   | Photo Credit: AP

A Syrian officer was killed and three soldiers were 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 soundedin 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.

Iran attack

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

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

“In response, we struck the battery from which the missile was launched and additional surface-to-air batteries in Syria.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said the Israeli retaliatory strikes killeda Syrian officer and seriously wounded three soldiers.

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