IAF Takes Out Syrian Antiaircraft Battery in Retaliatory Raid

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Israeli jets on a reconnaissance run over Lebanon have destroyed an anti-aircraft missile launcher in neighbouring Syria after coming under fire from it.

According to the IDF Spokesman's Unit, the attack was a response to anti-aircraft fire aimed at IAF planes on a routine photographic mission flight over Lebanon.

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.

A Syrian anti-aircraft battery 50 kilometers east of the capital of Damascus was attacked by the Israeli air force. Conricus said the Israeli military informed Russian Federation of its Syria strike "in real time or immediately before" it took place and would brief Shoigu. The Syrian regime is responsible for discarded AA missile, " statements were given.

Conricus said Israel has no interest in destabilizing the situation but says the military will "preserve our ability to act and thwart" any hostile activity against it.

The battery targeted is no longer operational, the army said.

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

Netanyahu and other senior Israeli officials are said to want to raise the issue of what they claim is Iran's growing presence in Syria as well as weapons transfers by Tehran to the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah, a key ally of the Assad regime.

The Israeli jets launched four bombs at the Syrian anti-aircraft system.

The incident is the latest in a series of similar ones that have been taking place between Israel and Syria. The SA-5 battery was "incapacitated" at about 10:00am.

The incident came hours before Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was due to meet with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Liberman in Tel Aviv.