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Israeli Warplanes strike inside Syria near Palmyra



Israeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria early Friday, prompting retaliatory missile launches, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago. Syria’s military said it had downed an Israeli plane and hit another as they were carrying out pre-dawn strikes near the desert city of Palmyra that it recaptured from jihadists this month. “Our air defenses engaged them and shot down one warplane over occupied territory, hit another one, and forced the rest to flee,” the army said in a statement carried by state news agency SANA.

The Israeli military denied that any planes had been struck. The Syrian government has made similar unfounded claims in the past. “The safety of Israeli civilians or the Israeli air force aircraft was at no point compromised,” Israeli army spokesman Peter Lerner told reporters. Nevertheless, analysts said the incident represented a significant shift in Syria’s response to Israeli airstrikes inside its territory.

The air force said earlier that it had carried out several strikes on Syria overnight, but that none of the ground-to-air missiles fired by Syrian forces in response had hit Israeli aircraft. It was an unusual confirmation by the Jewish state of air raids inside Syria. “Overnight… aircraft targeted several targets in Syria,” an Israeli army statement said.

“Several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria following the mission and (Israeli) aerial defense systems intercepted one of the missiles,” it said. None of the missiles fired from Syria hit their targets, the army added.

One missile was intercepted by Israel’s Arrow air defense system, Israeli media reported. It would be one of the first times the system has been used.

A Jordanian military source said shrapnel from one missile fell in the north of the kingdom without causing any casualties.

Yaakov Amidror, a former head of Israel’s National Security Council, said weapons convoys of the Iran-backed Hezbollah remained a “red line” for the Jewish state and that Israel would continue to attack them when deemed necessary.

Witnesses reported two explosions that could have been caused by the launch of the anti-missile system. The Arrow 3 interceptor, designed to shoot down ballistic missiles, was handed to Israeli air force ground crews in January after successful testing by Israel and the United States.

Israel seized most of the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it in 1981.

Israel pays close attention to developments in the Syrian conflict for fear that it could be exploited by its arch-rival Iran to install allies close to the armistice line on the Golan and Israel’s borders.

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14 Comments

  • oldtimedrumcorps says:

    While Isis is winding down finally due to Russian involvement Israel is ramping up . The goal always was the Balkenization of Syria. The total destabilization of the Mideast. Iran is next

  • John Barleycorn says:

    CNN reporting unbiased news? Get real.

  • John Jarou says:

    israelis had better watch their step. the russians are in support of the legitimate government of syria, and they are not going to put up with this.

  • TheSancho323 says:

    Of course it's never israels fault. Doesn't surprise me. How many times have Israel attacked us and been cover up

  • Goga Magoga says:

    2022

  • Goga Magoga says:

    2022

  • mrwong11989 says:

    Man the Middle East will always be at war and will never get along ever so we might as well let them all kill each other till the nukes exterminated the entire Middle East and it will be all the people of the Middle Easts fault for never getting along

  • Rezarf says:

    Dont ya just love the way that those that profess to stand for freedom democracy liberty , are the ones invading sovereign countries, bombing civilians, funding terrorists, refusing their own people standards of health care, education and social security that Libya, Syria and Iraq used to enjoy…. LMAO Get their nose's out of joint because the Prez stops people from 6 countries from entering … pretend like they have some sort of moral high ground but do and say nothing while bombing the fuck out of civilians in 7 countries right now…. Give billions to an apartheid zionist regime every year while their own suffer homeless and die of easily preventable illnesses…. hahaha …… History will look back on the USA as it does Nazi germany, stalins USSR Mao's China, PolPots Cambodia …. I have no doubt

  • Frank Kettle says:

    they admit to have been fired up on, and claim to have intercepted and shot down one of the missiles coming from Syria, but that does not sound so credible, the version that an Israeli war plane was shot down sounds more in line with the news, rumors or what ever its said that it is. Looks like some one got hurt and does not want to admit it.

  • Ruben Ramirez says:

    Odd

  • Rezarf says:

    Lets hope Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missile system is quickly moved into the area.

  • Rezarf says:

    An escalation in the provocations by Israel against a sovereign country. So now Israel is playing protector for ISIS (Al Nusra ) in that part of Syria, just as the US has protected ISIS over much of Syria in the past 5 years…. Fuctards all of them ….

  • autocollisionman says:

    THE REASON FOR THESE INFRACTIONS ARE TO PROPAGATE THE GREATER ISRAEL
    PROJECT. ISRAEL WANTS TO TAKE 7 COUNTRIES FOR THEMSELVES CREATING THE
    REFUGEES BEING PUSHED ON COUNTRIES ALL OVER THE WORLD.
    ISRAEL CONTROLS OUR GOVERNMENT AND IS USING THE LIVES OF OUR SOLDIERS
    AND OUR MONEY AND RESOURSES TO ENRICH THEMSELVES THIS MUST STOP NOW.

  • ETD TVro says:

    Untrue… Fuck video

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