Israeli military strikes anti-aircraft battery in Syria

Israeli military strikes anti-aircraft battery in Syria
Mon Oct 16, 2017 13:55:24

The Israeli military said on Monday that it struck and destroyed an anti-aircraft battery deep in Syria after it had opened fire on Israeli jets flying over Lebanon - the first such incident of Syrian forces targeting Israeli planes since the civil war began in 2011.

(AP) -- Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said Israeli planes were on a routine reconnaissance mission near the Lebanese-Syrian border when they came under fire. They were not hit and returned to base safely.

In response, Israel hit a Syrian anti-aircraft battery about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Damascus and "incapacitated" it, he said. Russian forces in Syria were notified in real time, Conricus said, adding that Israel holds Syria responsible for any attack from its territory.

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