Stray Syrian Surface-to-Air Missile Lands in Northern Cyprus

A stray surface-to-air missile (SAM) apparently launched by Syrian Air Defense Forces against Israeli fighter jets landed in Northern Cyprus, according to reports.

The missile landed near the village of Vouno about 20km (12 miles) from the city of Nicosia at about 01:00 local time on Monday. The missile reportedly exploded mid-air above villages before landing onto a mountainside, sparking fire.

The landing site is around 225km (140 miles) from the Syrian coast. According to initial assessments, the missile is of Russian origin and is speculated to be a S-200 SAM.

NPO Almaz S-200 Angara/Vega/Dubna (NATO reporting name SA-5 Gammon), is a very long range, medium-to-high altitude surface-to-air missile (SAM) system designed in the 1960s to defend large areas from bomber attack or other strategic aircraft.

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