What did Israel target in attack on Syria? What we now know
During the late hours of Thursday night, Israel launched a powerful attack against Syrian military assets in south Syria, resulting in a brief but intensive exchange of missiles between the Syrian Air Defense Force and the Israeli Army.
First thing that has become apparent is that the missiles fired by Israel were ground-to-ground artillery missiles and not air-to-ground missiles (launched from warplanes) as has almost always been the case historically and was, naturally, originally suspected this time.
The attack was technically conducted by the Israeli Army, not the Israeli Air Force, given the kind of munitions used.
All of the incoming Israeli missiles were intercepted by the Syrian military using modernized Buk systems; the target has been deduced as the Brigade 90 base south of Damascus city.
According to Musraselon sources, the Syrian military (possibly with the assistance of Russian forces) has restored advanced early warning radars atop the strategic mountain of Tal al-Hara (in Quneitra province). These radars detected the incoming missiles has they approached over the occupied Golan Heights, giving Syrian air defenses valuable extra minutes to respond to the attack – increasing the chance of total interception.
Finally it is worth noting that there exists the suspicion that Israel launched this relatively light attack in order to activate Syria’s air defense network and conduct an electronic signals reconnaissance of Syrian military radars whilst they were in action.