A satellite image of the area struck by the Israeli Air Force in Syria on Monday calls into question the IDF’s announcement that an anti-craft battery was completely destroyed. Most parts of said battery appear to be very much intact.
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) recently claimed to have completely destroyed an anti-aircraft battery during an air strike in Syria. However, a satellite image of the area released on Wednesday seems to show a much smaller amount of damage than reported.
The incident took place around 10 a.m. on Monday, when Syrian soldiers launched a missile at Israeli jets that were flying above Lebanon. The IAF retaliated quickly by firing at the battery. According to an IDF statement following the incident, Russia was notified of the strike in real time.
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The Israeli jets, the army said, were not in danger at any point. “The Syrians thought the aircrafts were about to attack and launched an anti-aircraft missile from an SA-5 battery,” said Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, the IDF spokesperson. “We are always prepared for any possibility.”
Manelis added, though, that Israel does not seek to escalate the tension with its northern neighbour. “As far as Israel is considered, the incident has finished,” he said.