Apr 22, 2021 - World

Israel strikes back at Syria after Dimona nuclear reactor alert

A picture taken on March 8, 2014 show a partial view of the Dimona nuclear power plant in the southern Israeli Negev desert.
A partial view of the Dimona nuclear power plant in the southern Israeli Negev desert. Photo: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

The Israeli military struck back at Syria after a missile from the country triggered air raid sirens near the Dimona nuclear reactor as it landed in southern Israel, AFP reports.

Why it matters: The exchange, which Syrian state media said wounded four of its soldiers, marked the biggest clashes between the two countries in years.

  • No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Iranian troops and proxies operate in Syria and the incident indicates Iran's involvement, AP notes. It comes amid rising tensions between Israel and Iran.
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