Syrian Missiles Fired upon Israeli Jets Broke The Equation

Syria's state news agency Sana said on Friday that Syrian forces had shot down one of four Israeli planes which had carried out overnight raids.

One missile was intercepted by Israel's Arrow missile defense battery, military officials said, in the first reported use of the advanced system.

The Israeli army denied the regime's claims, saying none of its jets were hit.

An Israeli drone strike reportedly killed a member of a Syrian pro-regime militia Sunday afternoon, amid spiraling tensions between Jerusalem and Damascus.

Early Friday morning, Israeli jets hit an arms transfer meant for Hezbollah near Palmyra, with Syrian air defenses firing missiles at the planes.

It is rare for Israel to admit to air strikes in Syria though there have been reports of at least four similar raids against Hezbollah weapons shipments since the start of December of a year ago.

A few years into the war, Hezbollah joined forces with Assad, sending thousands of its fighters to reinforce Syrian troops.

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Is this response from Syria justified, or did Israel have good reason for the airstrikes in the first place?

The Israeli Army confirmed it had conducted airstrikes on several targets in Syria, Israel National News reported.

The incident is the most significant military squabble between the Syria and Israel since the Syrian civil war started in March 2011. That is why every time we identify an attempt to smuggle game-changing weapons, we will act to thwart it. It would not say whether any other missiles struck Israeli-held territory, but said the safety of Israeli civilians and Israeli aircraft was "not compromised". Debris from the missiles, which were intercepted by the Arrow Defence system over Jordan, landed on residential homes in the west of that country near Inba and Irbid. The United States, Israel, and the Arab League consider Hezbollah a terrorist organization while the European Union classifies Hezbollah's military wing as a terrorist group.

"Syria made a dramatic shift today as it managed to discover the movements of the Israeli warplanes", Amir said, pointing out that Damascus has broken the equation with the Zionist entity.

Israeli jets have been hitting targets in Syria since at least 2013, when U.S. officials told CNN they believed IDF jets had struck inside Syrian territory.

The soldiers fired back, triggering an exchange of gunfire.

  • Adam Floyd