Apr 22, 2021 03:55 UTC

The Israeli military says a Syrian missile fired towards an Israeli warplane has overflown its target, landing near the occupying regime’s top-secret military nuclear facility Dimona.

An Israeli military spokesman cited by Reuters said the projectile had come down in the early hours of Thursday in the Dimona area in the Negev desert inside the Occupying Territories, where the regime operates the hugely controversial installation.

The spokesman identified the missile as “an SA-5” -- a long-range projectile handled by Syria’s Russian S-200 missile systems.

The missile, however, “did not hit the reactor, landing some 30 kilometers (19 miles) away,” the agency cited the spokesman as saying.

According to Press TV quoting the Israeli military, missile sirens went off in the area, and a Reuters correspondent, who was about 90 kilometers (56 miles) north of Dimona, reported hearing the sound of an explosion minutes before the military tweeted that the alarms had gone off.

Israeli and Western media outlets soon began to speculate about Iran’s possible involvement in the incident.

The Times of Israel noted how the missile incident came shortly after Iran warned that it will retaliate for an Israeli act of sabotage against its Natanz nuclear facility. Earlier this month, the incident cut the power across the facility but did not lead to any casualties and damages or any complications.

Soon after the Israeli operation, Iran began enriching uranium up to 60-percent in purity, with President Hassan Rouhani calling it a first retaliatory step. Iran’s Ambassador to international organizations Kazem Gharibabadi also warned that the occupying regime “will finally - and soon - realize that they must never threaten Iranians.”

According to Israeli media outlets, the regime has been reinforcing missile systems around the Dimona facility and the Red Sea Port Eilat in the Occupying Territories in anticipation of a possible long-range missile or drone attack.

The Associated Press reported from the occupied holy city of al-Quds in a coverage that was also republished by The Washington Post that “the incident, marking the most serious violence between Israel and Syria in years, pointed to likely Iranian involvement.”

Iran, however, has not yet issued any reaction to the reports.

Iran maintains a military advisory presence in Syria, helping the Arab country against foreign-backed militancy and terrorism.