IAF fighter jets conducting routine activity over Lebanon destroyed a Syrian Army anti-aircraft battery that fired a missile towards them. The aircraft dropped four bombs onto the battery located 50 km east of Damascus. Israel immediately updated Russia during the strike.
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Israeli Air Force (IAF) fighter jets that had just completed operational activity in Lebanese territory struck a Syrian anti-aircraft battery today (Monday) after it fired an SA-5 Gammon missile towards them. The aircraft dropped four bombs, destroying the battery located about 50 km east of Damascus, near the Duma Syrian Air Force Base. “The battery was destroyed and all of the Israeli Air Force aircraft safely returned to base,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement.
The incident occurred roughly at 10:00 AM. In March, the same battery fired at an Israeli aircraft in a similar manner.
The IDF made clear that the IAF aircraft were not at risk at any point during the two missions carried out. “The Syrians thought that the aircraft meant to attack and launched an anti-aircraft missile from an SA-5 battery that didn’t endanger the Israeli Air Force’s aircraft,” stated IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis. “We’re prepared for any possibility.”
IAF F-15 fighter jets Photo Credit: IAF website/Channel 2 News
Manelis emphasized that in Israel’s eyes, this was Syrian provocation. “We will not allow anti-aircraft fire towards us,” Manelis added. “Israel isn’t interested in escalating the situation and the incident has ended in its perspective.” It was noted that the incident occurred on the day that Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu is set to arrive in Israel.
Location of the Syrian anti-aircraft battery bombing Photo Credit: Google Earth/Channel 2 News