IAF retaliates against Syrian surface-to-air missile battery
BREAKING: IAF aircraft attacked a short time ago a missile battery in Syria that fired missiles this morning at Israeli Air Force planes flying on a routine flight over Lebanon. Apparently this is the same battery from which missiles were fired in the past at IAF planes.
The Israel Air Force attacked a Syrian army battery on Monday which earlier launched a surface-to-air missile towards IAF planes.
In response to the retaliatory attack, the Syrian army warned Israel “of the serious ramification of its repeated aggression,” claiming falsely that one of the Israeli aircraft was hit.
According to the IDF Spokesman’s Office, the SA-5 battery, located 50 km east of Damascus, fired a missile at Israeli fighter jets on a reconnaissance mission over Lebanon at around 10am.
The fighter jets responded about two hours later by launching four bombs towards the battery, destroying it. All Israeli aircraft returned safely to basis.
“We know according to our intelligence it was a battery controlled by the Syrian regime and we hold the Syrian regime responsible for the fire,” IDf spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said.
“We’re prepared for any possibility,” said IDF Spokesman Ronen Manelis. “This was a Syrian provocation, and we will not allow it. On the other hand, we have no intention of escalating.”
Manelis said Russia was updated about the attack against the battery in real time.
The incident occurred shortly before an expected visit by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu to Israel, who is set to arrive on Monday.
A similar incident occurred in mid-March, when the same Syrian battery fired anti-aircraft missiles at IAF jets that—according to Arab reports—were attacking strategic weapons bound for Hezbollah. One of the anti-aircraft missiles was intercepted by Israel’s Arrow missile defense system.