A region on edge: Syrian missile blast near Israel nuclear site underscores military fragility of region

25th Apr, 2021

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The missile came within 20 miles of the Dimona nuclear reactor in the southern Israeli Negev desert (AFP/Getty)


A pair of military-industrial mishaps that hit Israel in recent days underscored the country’s security vulnerabilities at a particularly sensitive moment in its confrontation with Iran. Early on Thursday morning, what appeared to be an errant SA-5 ground-to-air missile fired from batteries in Syria exploded in the Negev desert, deep inside Israeli territory and within 20 miles of the Dimona nuclear plant, setting off warning sirens but leading to no damage to life or property.

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