Israel Hits Syrian Anti-Aircraft Battery in Response to Fire on Jets over Lebanon

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Israel's military carried out an air strike on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria on Monday after it fired toward its planes, while vowing it sought no further escalation in the war-torn country.

Israeli planes were on what the military described as a “routine reconnaissance mission” over Lebanon when an anti-aircraft missile was fired in their direction, a military spokesman said.

The planes returned safely, according to the spokesman, adding it was believed the anti-aircraft battery in Syria was destroyed.

Syria's military said Israel's air force breached the country's air space, causing it to respond with its air defenses.

It claimed one of the Israeli planes was hit, "forcing it to flee."

Israel then "launched several missiles ... on one of our military positions in the Damascus region, causing only material damage," Syrian state television quoted the military as saying.

Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told journalists: "We hold the Syrian regime responsible for the anti-aircraft fire and any attack originating from Syria."

He said Israel "will maintain its ability to thwart hostile intentions and activities endangering Israeli civilians."

Syria's military said it "warns against the dangerous consequences of repeated attempts at aggression by Israel."

Conricus did not specify how many Israeli planes were involved in the reconnaissance mission, but described them as being "in proximity to the Syrian border."

The battery targeted was located some 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of Damascus, he said.

It was believed to be the first time since Syria's civil war began that Israeli planes were fired toward while in Lebanese airspace, said Conricus.

However, Israel's military said it had no interest in any further escalation.

"Israel has no intention to destabilize the situation," said Conricus.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later said: "We will continue to act in the region when it is required to ensure Israel's security...

"Our policy is clear: Those who wish to attack us will be attacked by us."

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Israel has sought to avoid becoming more directly involved in the six-year civil war in neighboring Syria, though it acknowledges carrying out dozens of air strikes to stop what it calls advanced arms deliveries to Hizbullah.

The Lebanese Shiite group is backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the conflict. Israel and Hizbullah fought a devastating war in 2006.

In March, Israeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria, drawing retaliatory missile fire in the most serious incident between the two countries since the start of the Syrian war.

At the time, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the air strikes targeted weapons bound for Hizbullah and that Israel would do the same again if necessary.

Syria's military had said it launched anti-aircraft missiles at the aircraft, claiming it had downed an Israeli plane and hit another as they carried out pre-dawn strikes near the desert city of Palmyra.

Israel denied any of its aircraft was hit.

During the sortie, Israel fired its Arrow interceptor to take out what was believed to have been a Russian-made SA 5 missile.

In the aftermath, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened to destroy Syrian air defense systems "without the slightest hesitation" if they fired on Israeli planes in future.

Monday's strike comes with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu due to visit Israel later in the day. Russia is also backing Assad in the Syrian conflict.

Russia and Israel have established a hotline to avoid accidental clashes in Syria.

"The Russians were notified in real time," Conricus said of the strike.

Shoigu and Lieberman were expected to discuss Syria and Iran's presence there.

Iran, Israel's main enemy, backs Assad in the war along with Russia and Israel is concerned Tehran will establish a permanent military presence along its border.

Comments 19
Thumb i.report 16 October 2017, 12:53

mdr!

Thumb eagledawn 16 October 2017, 13:21

Israel's military said Monday it carried out an air strike on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria east of Damascus after its planes were targeted by it.

What???? But ado.karim.australia said:
"ado.australia:
Yes... Israel now needs permission from Russia to fly in Syria and Lebanon and even in northern Israel! S-400 is a game changer and now only the US F22 raptors can do anything without Russian permission! israel is even more upset as they now cannot even enter Lebanese airspace!!!! Now Israel is finally vonerable in Lebanese airspace!"

Thumb Zaghloul 16 October 2017, 13:27

lol

Thumb rocococo 16 October 2017, 14:27

The Syrians are firing missiles over our country, I bet nothing will be done about it.

Thumb Mystic 16 October 2017, 14:34

Over your country Israel.
What are you doing on a Lebanese Website ?
You are well aware that Israel is an official enemy of Lebanon right?

Thumb s.o.s 16 October 2017, 14:59

“Israeli planes were on what the military described as a routine reconnaissance mission over neighbouring Lebanon when an anti-aircraft missile was fired in their direction, a military spokesman said. ”

Didn’t they teach you English in Dahye school of Islamic Jihad?

Now go back to your Manar terror networks , leave the real Lebanese people alone.

Thumb rocococo 16 October 2017, 15:01

They're firing the missiles over Lebanon, not over Israel.

I'm aware Israel is an enemy and they don't have the right to fly over my* country but that doesn't give an excuse for Syria to fire missiles over my* country.

*: I would have said our but I'm 100% sure you're Iranian.

Thumb s.o.s 16 October 2017, 15:41

Supporting Israel against lebanon? NEVER! supporting Israel against Iran, or syria! Yes yes yes with pleasure. The more they kill the safer my country lebanon is.

Thumb Mystic 16 October 2017, 17:39

If you are Lebanese and support Israel against any country, then you are by default and Israeli sympathizer and must be executed.

Thumb s.o.s 16 October 2017, 18:25

Well, I did the math. Syrians occupied lebanon from 1976 till 2005. That's 39 years. Iran occupies lebanon since 1983. That's 34 years. Israel occupied lebanon from 1982 till 2000. That's 18 years. We got rid of 2, we have 1 remaining. And the 3 are fighting eachother, of course I encourage them to attack eachother. Each dead soldier, or terrorist is one less that will step a foot again in lebanon. Do you see my pragmatism? And frankly, I'd much rather have my country modern like tel Aviv than backward like Qom or Homs.

Thumb shab 16 October 2017, 19:23

And they die with happiness ....

Thumb smarty 16 October 2017, 22:22

@Shab,

Are they happy to die or do they die to be happy?

Thumb thepatriot 16 October 2017, 15:17

Mastica! Instead of deciding who is allowed here and who is not... go martyr yourself in Syria!

Thumb jaafar.ibn.iblees 16 October 2017, 15:35

were those two iranian shia terrorists in your avatar wearing boots when they died?

Thumb whyaskwhy 16 October 2017, 17:33

Flip flops and riding a moped would be my guess....

Thumb whyaskwhy 16 October 2017, 17:33

Syria awaits you and your kind who wish nothing but ill will for Lebanon and for it to become another Iranian lead disaster. Every nation Iran has aided has ended up in bloodshed and sent it back to the middle ages. Lebanese want to move forward Mystic and not back to the last century so as your easily impressed by 1960's Russian rockets and technology were not interested in additional war but peace to the region. Peace is not what Iran preaches.

Thumb s-400_Triumf 16 October 2017, 21:24

دولة لبنان الكبيرعام ١٩٢٠ رسّمت حدوداً وهمية بين الجمهورية اللبنانية والجمهورية العربية السورية

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 17 October 2017, 01:43

Typical Qawmi goon bringing up Israel or Zionism as the only way to cover up his treason and hypocrisy. Anywhere else parties that do not recognize their own counties like the Qawmi and Baath Souris would be outlawed not offered seats in the parliament and a murderer like Habib Shartouni would have been executed not celebrated and living the grand life protected by the Iranian militia. But this is Lebanon where around 35% of the officials belonging to the party of the president in the Matn were until very recently Qawmis, including one sitting MP. Almost as bad as another one of the president's MPs from the South, elected by the voters of the Iranian militia's, was a member of Lahads militia.

Thumb whyaskwhy 17 October 2017, 16:30

Well sadly for both SSNP and Syrian Baath partys who both failed completely the last straw for them is to hide under the Kizb gown. What a history of failure they have seen and continue when your party is not allowed to question its drive.