IDF: We targeted Syrian army missile launcher after it fired on Israeli aircraft; Syrian army soldier killed in the strike, two injured; Netanyahu: Our policy is clear: we will not tolerate any aggression against us and we will respond forcefully.”
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) bombed a Syrian army anti-aircraft missile launcher in Tel al-Shaar near Quneitra in southern Syria on Monday. The strikes were in retaliation for Syrian fire on an IDF aircraft during a routine mission over Israeli airspace on Monday. The strikes destroyed the missile launcher and according to Syria’s SANA news agency, one soldier was killed and two others injured. The IDF Spokespersons Unit confirmed following, “Earlier today, a Syrian anti-aircraft system fired at an IDF aircraft as it was carrying out a routine flight in Israel. The projectile landed in Syrian territory. In response, we targeted the Syrian launcher that was responsible for firing it.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu directly addressed the strike, warning the Syrian army against any aggression on the State of Israel. He stated Monday, “A short while ago the Syrian army attempted to hit an Israeli plane; it did not succeed. In response, the [Israeli] air force destroyed the launcher that fired on the plane. Our policy is clear: we will not tolerate any aggression against us and we will respond forcefully.”
Israel’s last reported strikes in Syria were two weeks ago on Iranian targets outside of Damascus. As with the majority of Israel’s covert operations in Syria and Lebanon, the IDF refused to comment on the reports. Israel has made clear that weapons shipments to Hezbollah, Iran’s entrenchment in Syria and any terror on Israel’s security are red lines and that Israel will respond to such threats.
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