IAF Takes Out Syrian Antiaircraft Battery in Retaliatory Raid

Pauline Gross
October 17, 2017

An IDF spokesman announced that the SA-5 anti-aircraft battery, situated inside Syria, fired a missile at IAF aircraft flying a routine reconnaissance mission in nearby Lebanon.

Monday's unusual incident between Syria and Israel says something about the modern Middle East.

Following that incident, Liberman warned against any further launching of missiles by the Syrian regime, threatening to destroy all Syrian air defenses.

The Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoygu, who is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday, will get a full briefing of the strike. In a departure from its usual practice of allowing such flights to pass without response, this time the Syrians shot at least one missile at the planes.

Lieutenant-Colonel Conricus said a Syrian attack on Israeli air force planes over Lebanon was unprecedented.

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The Syrian boldness, according to some experts, may have been a product of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's recent battlefield successes. Russian Federation is also backing Assad in the Syrian conflict.

"This was obviously not a pre-planned event", he added.

Israel is said to have attacked convoys bringing arms to Shi'ite Lebanese faction Hezbollah dozens of times over the last five years, as per reports media reports, but the Israeli army doesn't accept or deny such claims. Russian Federation and Israel have established a hotline to avoid accidental clashes in Syria. The military coordination, touted by both governments, began when Russian forces entered in Syria in late 2015. The United Nations has stated on several occasions that Israel's occupation of the Golan Heights is illegal, calling for it to be returned to Syria.

"I would like to talk about the situation in Syria". However, it was not the first time that IAF jets had been attacked by an SA-5 system.

Hours later, the Israeli forces fired multiple rockets from inside the occupied-territories, targeting a Syrian military site in the countryside of Damascus, leaving only damages.

Other reports by GizPress

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