Israel jets under fire from Syria retaliate with bombing raid near Damascus

Israel jets under fire from Syria retaliate with bombing raid near Damascus

The planes later "incapacitated" the launcher site, located 30 miles from Syrian capital Damascus. The trip comes amid growing calls by Jerusalem for Moscow, which has assumed a leading role in the war in Syria, to rein in Iran's military activities in that country.

"The Israeli Air Force aircraft violated Syria's airspace at Baalbek near Lebanese border on October 16th, at 08:51 p.m. local time (05:51 GMT)", Sputnik reported in statement, and refore fired by our air defense systems on aircraft Opened. "No hits confirmed", the army tweeted.

According to the IDF, the SA-5 missile battery destroyed by Israeli jets on Monday was the same that fired at Israeli jets in March, prompting Israel make use of its Arrow anti-missile system for the first time.

The Syrian military said the Israeli strike caused "material damage" to the battery, but did not report any casualties.

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It's no simple matter to decide on immediate retaliation, all the more so as Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrives in Israel. 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. Just recently, former IAF commander Amir Eshel told Haaretz that Israel has conducted nearly 100 airstrikes in Syria over the last five years against convoys ferrying arms to Hezbollah and other organizations. Israel's military said it had no intention to escalate the situation further.

Following the airstrike, the Syrian military warned Israel of "dangerous consequences for its repeated attempts of aggression", in a statement published in official state media.

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

Sergei Shoigu also set out a hope that the talks would strengthen friendly ties between the armed forces of Russian Federation and Israel.

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