Anti-Aircraft Missiles Fired at Israeli Jets Bombing Syria
Syria fights back
We don't know who fired the missiles. And we don't know what kind of missiles they were.
But it appears that Syria is now fighting back.
Israeli military jets have been targeted by anti-aircraft missiles after they struck several targets in Syria, a spokesperson of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) told Sputnik.
“I can say that the sirens were the result of the incident," an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson told Sputnik, referring to the launch of missiles at Israeli planes that carried out attacks on targets in Syria.
After Israeli Air Force planes struck several targets in Syria on Thursday night, Damascus retaliated by activating its air defense systems and firing a number of missiles at Israeli jets, Haarets reports.
None of the missiles struck the jets, but one was intercepted by a missile defense system north of Jerusalem, Haaretz reports, adding there were no Israeli casualties in the incident.
A rocket siren was heard at around 3:00am Friday morning in the Jordan Valley area, after which witnesses heard an explosion.
The IDF later confirmed that the sirens were a result of Israeli airstrikes on several targets in Syria, Israel National News reports. One of the anti-aircraft missiles launched at the Israeli aircraft during the airstrikes was intercepted by the Israeli air defenses.
As we reported last week, Assad considers Israel a close ally of the "moderate" rebels in Syria.
Speaking to European journalists about the recent bomb attacks in Damascus, Assad dismissed criticisms of Iran, and instead blamed the west and Israel for "supporting directly the terrorists":
If you want to talk about the European role [in Syria], or the western role, because it’s being led by the Americans, the only role is to support the terrorists. They didn’t support any political process. They only talk about political process.
The role of Iran is completely different. They support Syria fighting terrorists. They support Syria politically.
Israel from the other side [is] supporting directly the terrorists — whether logistically, or through direct raids on our army.
Israel also has a strange habit of flying over terrorist strongholds but choosing instead to drop its bombs on the Syrian army. As we reported in late February:
A Syrian Army source told Al-Masdar this morning that the Israeli warplane had crossed into Syria after flying over Lebanon’s ‘Arsal Barrens, where both Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS) are headquartered in the eastern Beqa’a Governorate. The Syrian Army source added that the specific location of the attack was in the Jard Nalhleh area of the Qalamoun Mountains.
The Israelis flew over ISIS and al-Qaeda positions — but saved their bombs for the Syrians. Quite telling.
From the looks of it, Assad has lost his patience.
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