russia blinded israel and hit dimona, then israel blinded russia and hit the tanker

An Israeli drone bypassed Russian electronic warfare and air defense and struck an accurate attack on an Iranian tanker
Avia.pro, Apr 25 2021

The Israeli military managed to undermine the Iranian oil tanker despite the protection of the Russian military. Despite the fact that Russian forces deployed several of the world’s most powerful electronic suppression and combat equipment on the territory of Tartus, not to mention the presence of Russian short, medium and long-range air defense equipment here, as well as the escort of Iranian oil tankers near the Syrian coast by Russian warships, it became known that an unknown Israeli drone, allegedly small in size, was able to bypass all Russian protection of the Syrian coast and strike at an Iranian oil tanker. According to the Syrian Ministry of Oil and Mineral Resources, a severe fire broke out on board an oil tanker located near the Syrian port city of Baniyas. According to the Syrian state news agency SANA, the tanker was allegedly attacked by an unknown drone from Lebanese territorial waters. It is known that the fire was extinguished within a few hours, but the fact that the Russian military failed to detect the threat and eliminate it in a timely manner raises a lot of questions. Taking into account the most likely route of the drone flight, the latter had to be in Syrian airspace for at least 20 minutes, even the Panzer-S complexes deployed at the Russian naval base in Tartus reached it.

‘Drone Attack’ leaves Iranian tanker ablaze off Syrian coast – reports
RT.com, Apr 24 2021

A suspected drone attack left an oil tanker ablaze off the coast of Syria, the country’s state media said. The tanker was reportedly of Iranian origin. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, which threatened one of the vessel’s tanks, the Syrian Arab news agency reported on Saturday. Syria’s oil ministry had originally reported the tanker fire, with officials telling state-run media that the ship had been attacked by a drone that came from Lebanese waters. The tanker was of Iranian origin, according to a report by the Tehran-operated Al-Alam TV. It was reportedly one of three Iranian vessels to have arrived recently at the Baniyas oil terminal, an important oil transit location on the Syrian coast. Two projectiles hit the tanker, the Al-Alam report added, citing “informed sources.”

The fire was extinguished shortly afterwards, Syrian officials reported. Photos taken from the shore show a thick column of smoke rising from the apparently stricken vessel.

Israel and Iran have accused each other of targeting each other’s ships in the region in recent months. Israel admitted earlier this month that it targeted at least one Iranian vessel, a military cargo ship.

Russian Armed Forces electronic warfare complexes in Syria blocked the operation of Israel’s Iron Dome system
Sofia Jurgo, News-r.ru, Apr 24 2021

The Russian Armed Forces successfully used their electronic warfare equipment in Syria, directing them against the Iron Dome air defense systems of the Israeli army. Moscow responded harshly to another violation of the agreements on Syria by Tel Aviv. The Russian Armed Forces have activated their electronic warfare funds in the Arab Republic, which are located in the Damascus and Tartus area. As a result, 12 Israeli air defenses were completely suppressed. None of them was ever able to intercept S-200 air defense systems fired from the ATS. In turn, Israel recognized the failure of its mission, confirming the failure of intercepting missiles. In addition, the IDF recognizes that if it were the wing of Iran’s missile, the consequences of the launch would be much more tragic, given that one of the missiles fell in close proximity to the Israeli nuclear center. Israeli Defense Minister Benni Gantz admitted that the IDF failed to intercept the missile that was launched from the Syrian Arab Republic in the direction of Dimona. The IDF acted in Syria against the means necessary to create a potential attack on Israel. The missile was fired by S-200 air defense and crossed the country’s space, reaching the south. There were attempts to intercept it, but they were not successful. DEBKAfile magazine quotes the head of the defense department in Tel Aviv:

We’re still investigating the incident. In most cases, we see different results. This story is a little more complicated.

As the publication “Avia.pro” notes, analyzing the map of the deployment of the Iron Dome air defense systems, the shell flew through 12 regions with air defense equipment, but was not intercepted. Apparently, Israeli air defenses have been interfered with, which may indicate electronic warfare equipment, which in the region is only at the disposal of the Russian army.

Russia paralyzed the work of the Israeli Iron Dome air defense systems: none of the 12 complexes were able to intercept the missile fired from Syria.
Avia.pro, Apr 24 2021

Russia has successfully used its electronic warfare funds against Israeli Iron Dome air defense systems. Another violation by Israel of agreements on the de-escalation of the situation in Syria led to an extremely harsh reaction from Russia, which activated electronic warfare systems (presumably in the Tartus and Damascus area), completely suppressing the work of Israeli air defense equipment. None of the 12 complexes was able to intercept the S-200 air defense missile fired from Syrian territory. Israel admitted that the interception of the missile launched from Syrian territory failed miserably, while IDF representatives admit that if it were an Iranian cruise missile, the consequences would have been very tragic for Israel. The missile fired overcame 300 km and fell near the Israeli nuclear research center. Defense Minister Benny Gantz admitted that the IDF was unable to intercept the missile launched from Syria towards Dimona. According to the Israeli publication DEBKAfile, Gantz said:

The IDF acted in Syria against the means necessary to create a potential attack on the State of Israel. The missile was fired by S-200 air defense and crossed the country’s airspace, reaching the south. There were attempts to intercept it, but they were not successful. We’re still investigating the incident. In most cases, we see different results. This story is a little more complicated.

Judging by the map of deployment of Israeli Iron Dome air defense systems, the missile flew through at least 12 areas with deployed air defenses, but was never shot down, and the statement of the Israeli Defense Minister on the investigation shown that something interfered with Israeli air defense radars, which obviously indicates the use of electronic suppression equipment. High-power complexes in this region are only in Russia’s service.

Israel air defenses missed the Syrian missile that exploded near Dimona nuclear center
DEBKAfile, Apr 22 2021

A preliminary military probe found that Israel’s air defenses failed to intercept a Syrian surface-to-air missile heading towards the Dimona nuclear center on Thursday Apr 22. Confirming this, the IDF spokesman reported that the intruding missile reached the skies of southern Israel before breaking up near the Dimona nuclear center. This statement shed some light on the questions arising from the massive explosions that rocked the country during the night across the Negev and as far as Jerusalem and central Israel. According to an earlier unconvincing account by a military official, fragments of a Syrian air defense missile “strayed” into Israel’s air space during a counter-attack on Israeli air raiders over Damascus suburbs. This incident recalled a similar, albeit rare, episode on December 25, 2018, when mysterious explosions rocked the central Israel towns of Zichron Yaakov, Caesarea and Hadera north of Tel Aviv, only to be told that it was caused by a failed interception by the David’s Sling anti-missile system of a Syrian SA-5 missile that strayed while targeting Israeli jets over Damascus. That the likely target was Israel’s main power station in Hadera was not mentioned. Three years later, three facts again punch holes in the official version:

  1. How did a Syrian SA-5 air defense missile fly 300 km all the way from Damascus environs to the Dimona area, when its operational range is only around 200 km? (See attached DEBKAfile map.)
  2. The intruding missile must have made its way over southern Syria and Jordan before entering Israeli air space north of Jerusalem to head south towards Dimona. Why did the multiple anti-missile batteries positioned on that route fail to respond? Before sending its interceptors into action, the IDF routinely checks that the resulting explosion does not occur over populated areas. But, still, the unresponsiveness of air defenses this time indicated that they were unable to determine the incoming projectile’s final target.
  3. The IDF has no doubt embarked on a thorough investigation to find out what really happened and why interception failed to occur.

Officials in Tehran and Damascus will meanwhile no doubt celebrate what must be considered their notable tactical feat in overcoming Israel’s famous anti-missile missile shield. DEBKAfile reported earlier:
Siren alerts and strong explosions in the Dimona region of southern Israel were caused by a Syrian SA-5 surface-to-air missile landed near Israel’s nuclear center before dawn on Thursday Apr 22, the IDF spokesman reported. Fragments were found on empty ground at Kfar Negev near Dimona. No damage or casualties are reported. The Israeli air force responded by targeting the same air defense battery and others in the Damascus region. This was the second IDF attack reported by Syria Thursday night. The first targeted pro-Iranian targets. Damascus reported that those missiles cam from the Golan and injured four soldiers. The Dimona incident, DEBKAfile’s military sources report, is fraught with unexplained features: How did an SA-5 air defense missile fired from a point south of Damascus reached the Dimona region when its outside range is 300km? How to account for the powerful explosions that rocket not only the Bedouin villages outside the nuclear center, but woke people up as far as Kfar Yeruham, Jerusalem and Modiin? The military spokesman, after examining these questions, ruled out missile fire from the Gaza Strip, but allowed that some of the mystery explosions may have been caused by Israel’s own air defense missiles in action against the intruder. The IDF continues to investigate the incident.

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