Skirmish in Syria

Israeli air force hits Syrian targets

Missile intercepted by Arrow defense system

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Israel struck targets near the Syrian city of Palmyra Thursday night, prompting the ruling Assad regime to respond with surface-to-air missiles, which were then intercepted by Israel's new Arrow defense system.

According to the Times of Israel, the Israeli Air Force made a rare statement acknowledging the strike and dismissing Syrian claims that it had shot down one of the Israeli jets.

The target of the strikes was apparently a weapons convoy bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon. Israel has reportedly struck Hezbollah targets in Syria many times, though these strikes are usually left unconfirmed by the IDF.

The Syrian regime reportedly fired missiles at the planes, at least one of which was destroyed by the Arrow defense system. Arrow is a new system intended to intercept larger and more powerful missiles than the famed Iron Dome.

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