The IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit announced that alarms went off in Abu Qrenat, near Dimona in southern Israel, early Thursday morning.
Residents from across the country, including central Israel and Jerusalem, reported hearing “loud explosions” that “shook the houses.”
الانفجار ناجم عن اطلاق صاروخ بتريوت من منطقة موديعين غرب رام الله باتجاه جسم بالسماء pic.twitter.com/4YbL03AejC
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Early reports indicated the explosion being the result of a patriot battery responding to a missile launched toward Israel. The IDF later confirmed the reports.
The patriot was reportedly launched from near the city of Dimona.
Incoming rocket siren activated in southern Israel between Beersheba and Dimona. This is not a normal area for an incoming rocket attack https://t.co/cQ8rXNdrbb
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It was unclear at first where the missile was launched from. Several indications pointed to the missile being launched from Iraq, while according to other reports, it came from the city of Daraa in southern Syria following an Israeli airstrike.
Later, Brig.Gen. Hidai Zilberman told reporters that the blast was caused by the launch of an SA-5 surface-to-air rocket, which exploded in the southern Negev.
The missile was launched during Israeli air strikes in southern Syria.
According to Zilberman, the missile was not aimed at any specific target.
According to the spokesperson, Israel responded to the SA-5 missile attack on IAF jets by targeting several anti-aircraft batteries in Syria, including the one that launched the missile that exploded in southern Israel.