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 Advanced Russian-made aerial interception system destroyed in Israeli airstrike on Syria. VIDEO

Combined short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system Pantsir-S1 (NATO reporting name SA-22 Greyhound) was destroyed by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as part of a wide-scale attack against Iranian military sites in Syria.

Censor.NET reports citing a statement by the Israel Defense Forces.

"The IDF strikes were a response to the rockets that were launched by the Iranian Quds Forces against IDF positions on the Golan Heights & the Syrian aerial defense fire at IAF aircraft," IDF said in a statement.

Journalist for the German Bild newspaper Julian Roepke managed to identify the site targeted by the IDF airstrike. According to him, it was Mezzeh airport in Damascus situated just 3.8 km away from President Bashar al-Assad's palace.

Russia's Defense Ministry earlier claimed that the Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft system that was passed into service with the Russian army in 2012 "showed almost 100 percent efficiency" when repulsing the U.S. and allied forces' strike on the chemical weapons-related facilities in Syria on the night of April 14.

On May 9, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks in Moscow on the situation in the middle-east.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3065472