Israeli Air Force gets targeted by the Syrian air defense, claims to have destroyed its missile battery


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October 16th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– Agencies – –  by Samer Hussein –

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has reportedly been targeted by Syrian air defense system after making an illegal incursion into the Lebanese airspace.

On Monday, IAF destroyed a Syrian SA-5 anti-aircraft battery, located east of Damascus, after its jets were targeted by a SA-5 surface-to-air missile while hovering above Lebanon. 

“The SA-5 missile battery, which was stationed some 50 kilometers east of the Syrian capital, fired at Israeli jets that were on a routine aerial reconnaissance flight in Lebanese airspace”, IDF Spokesman Brig.Gen. Ronen Manelis said in a statement.

In the past, Israel has made multiple incursions into Syrian and Lebanese airspace, usually in time when the Syrian Forces and their allies of Hezbollah were on a winning streak against ISIS terrorists.

The Syrian side has also responded to today’s events, saying Israel has once again violated its airspace. The Syrian Ministry of Defense confirmed that one of the Israeli jets was hit, however, it made no mention of SA-5 being destroyed by the IAF.

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