Israeli military strikes anti-aircraft battery in Syria

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After urgent consultations between the military and civilian leadership, it was made a decision to hit the launching base, which it so happens was the same one which had tried to shoot down Israeli planes that were interdicting a Syrian-Iranian arms shipment to Lebanon a few months ago.

Shoigu's arrival in Israel came just hours after the Israeli military launched a strike against a Syrian army anti-aircraft battery Monday morning, after the battery opened fire on Israeli Air Force planes. "No hits confirmed", IDF said in a statement on Twitter. Israel values its relations with Russia as frank dialogue helps resolve all issues, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu. This would put it 50 miles from the Syria-Lebanon border, which is well within the potential range of the Soviet-era long-range SA-5. Syrian anti-aircraft missiles were launched at Israeli warplanes over Syria in March.

In effect, it sent a message not only to the Syrians, but to the Russians and Americans as well, that Israel has the capacity to disrupt any peace agreement in Syria if Israeli security concerns are not taken into account.


There was no immediate response from the Syrian government.

Conricus said the reconnaissance planes were not struck by the interceptor missile, but the Syrian military claimed one Israeli plane was "directly hit" and "forced to flee".

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


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.

Syria's SANA state news agency reported that the Assad regime "warned of the risky repercussions of Israel's repeated aggression attempts, stressing Syria's determination to continue its war against the terrorist groups, Israel's arm in the region". Unless the Syrians decide on similar attacks in the future, which will force Israel to respond again. Russian Federation is also backing Assad in the Syrian conflict. There have also been cases of the IAF responding when mortar shells and rockets "spillover" into Israel from the fighting in Syria.


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