According to army spokesman Heidi Zilberman, citing The Times of Israel, it was a surface-to-air missile: “There was no intention to hit the nuclear reactor in Dimona.” According to the army, the missile that fell in Israel missed its target and lost its trajectory.
Israeli newspapers reported the explosion, which occurred in central Israel and was heard only in Jerusalem. There were no reports of damage or injuries as a result of the explosion. The missile fell a hundred kilometers from the nuclear facility.
The Israeli Air Force struck the anti-aircraft system that launched the missile and other targets in Syria. According to the Associated Press, this is the most serious conflict between Israel and Syria in recent years.
According to the Syrian state agency SANA, Israel attacked targets around Damascus. According to SANA, most of the Israeli missiles were shot down by the Syrian air defense. However, the attack caused material damage and wounded four soldiers.
Near the Israeli city of Dimona is the Simon Peres Center for Nuclear Research, which contains underground laboratories where spent fuel from a nuclear reactor is processed into plutonium. Experts believe that thanks to the plutonium from Dimona, Israel has become one of the countries that possessed nuclear weapons, but it is not known exactly how many such countries.
Israel has never officially confirmed that it possesses nuclear weapons, although nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu told The Times in the mid-1980s, and then the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, kidnapped him from Rome to Israel, where he was convicted. 2006 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Israel is one of the few countries that has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
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