ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 143

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Head of US forces in Mideast blames ‘incompetence’ for Syrian missile that landed in Israel

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

The head of American forces in the Middle East supports the Israel Defense Forces’ claim that an errant Syrian anti-aircraft missile was responsible for the sirens heard in southern Israel last night.

Speaking before the US Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie says the incident “reflects incompetence in Syrian air defense, where they were responding to Israeli strikes on targets in Syria. I do not believe it was an intentional attack but just rather [a] lack of capability.”

McKenzie jokes that the surface-to-air missile went “ballistic, literally.”

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