The UK's Sunday Times reported that fearing a Syrian airstrike, the defensive missile shield around Israel's nuclear facility in Dimona was placed on alert 30 times last week.
According to the report, a battery of American-made Patriot antiaircraft missiles has been moved to Dimona following intelligence that a strike may be carried out in retaliation for Israel's air-strike in Syria on September 6. In a rare development, Israel's television Channel 10 even spoke to an officer who is the deputy commander of the battery, saying: "We're ready to launch the missiles in seconds, once we're on full alert."
The British publication quoted an Israeli defense source as saying: "The fact that the Syrians didn't launch an immediate strike against Israel doesn't mean that they won't retaliate in due course." He added: "Dimona is on the top of their list."