IAF destroys Syrian missile launcher after missile fired at Israeli plane
[Jpost] The IAF destroyed a Syrian launcher that fired an anti-aircraft missile at an Israeli plane, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed on Monday night, stressing that Israel will not tolerate any aggression against it.
"A short time ago, the Syrian army tried to hit an Israeli plane, it did not succeed," Netanyahu said in a video statement. "The air force in response destroyed the launcher from which it [the missile] was fired. Our policy is clear: we will not tolerate any aggression against us, and we will respond to it with force and firmness."
The IDF front man said the Syrian missile did not hit the Israeli aircraft, which was conducting a routine flight over northern Israel, and fell within Syrian territory. The mission was completed as planned, the IDF said.
Arab media, meanwhile, reported on air strikes near Quneitra.
Syria’s SANA reported that "a military source confirmed that at 2110 hours the Israeli enemy targeted one of our military positions east of Khan Arnabeh in rural Quneitra."
The source explained that the aggression resulted in the "martyr’s death and wounding another fighter."
According to Syrian media, the strike took place near Khan Arnabeh, which is very close to the Golan border.
The attempt represents an escalation on the Syrian side. It is not the first time that Syria anti-aircraft missiles have targeted Israel, nor the first time they have been detected heading toward Israeli airspace.
But for Syria to target a routine patrol inside Israel is unusual. Syria is already embroiled in new air raids in Idlib against Syrian rebels and the US and Iran are involved in major tensions in the region.
Syria said Israel carried out a missile attack that caused casualties on Monday, in what Israel's army said was a retaliatory strike.
"An Israeli missile targeted Tel al-Shaar in Quneitra," the Syrian news agency said, adding a "military vehicle was targeted and there are maimed".
The Syrian province of Quneitra includes the Golan Heights, most of which is occupied and annexed by Israel.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based war monitor, said the Israeli missile was "reportedly fired from the occupied part of the Golan".
Its director, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP that three Syrian soldiers were maimed.
Posted by: trailing wife 2019-05-28