IAF retaliates to missile fired at Israeli jets from Syrian Army

The IDF responded to missile fired at Israeli jets Monday morning; IDF: We see the Syrian regime as responsible and see these missiles as a clear Syrian provocation, and it will not be accepted, Oct. 16, 2017.

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet (Reuters)

Israel’s Air Force responded to a surface-to-air missile fired from a Syrian anti-aircraft battery on Israeli jets east of Damascus Monday.

The event took place during a reconnaissance mission over Lebanon. The IDF responded, striking and destroying the Syrian SA-5 anti-aircraft battery.

The IDF confirmed the events, releasing the statement “Earlier today, an anti-aircraft missile was launched from Syria toward IAF aircraft during a routine flight over Lebanon. No hits confirmed.”

IDF Spokesman Ronen Manelis responded to the event, warning Syria against provocation or attacking the IDF. He stated that the IDF are “prepared for any possibility… We see the Syrian regime as responsible and see these missiles as a clear Syrian provocation, and it will not be accepted.”

The IDF confirmed it had updated Russia on the incident, Russia’s Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu currently in Israel for meetings centered on Iran, Syria and Hezbollah.