Early Friday, March 17, the Israeli Air Force attacked a number of targets in Syria. In the course of the attack, Syrian anti-air missiles were fired and intercepted by Israeli anti-missile systems from Israel. Fragments of the interceptors dropped over Jordan. A mighty explosion and rocket alarms heard over the eastern Israeli Jordan Valley region as far as Jerusalem 150km away before dawn Friday were caused by the interception of the Syrian missiles.

This was the first time that an Israeli official had reported an attack on a target in Syria. It was also the first time that an Israeli interception system had been activated to protect Israeli air force planes from attack. No details were given on the targets of the Israeli air strike.