Escalation: For the first time, surface-to-air missile fired at IAF over Gaza
News report says anti-aircraft missiles targeted IAF helicopter last week; expert says Air Force activities won’t be disrupted.
The IDF has refused to officially comment on reports that Palestinian terrorists fired a shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile at an IAF helicopter over Gaza last week.
According to the report, which appeared in Yediot Aharonot on Tuesday, the missile - identified as the low-altitude Strela SA-7 - missed its target. It was the first known attempt to bring down an IAF craft using advanced missiles in Gaza.
“Certainly, the threat of anti-aircraft missiles is a serious worry, but it won’t disrupt the air force’s activities over Gaza,” terrorism expert Yoram Schweitzer, of the Institute for National Security Studies, told The Jerusalem Post.