Middle East Eye, 18 September 2016


In a rare action, a Syrian anti-aircraft battery fired two S-200 surface-to-air missiles at Israeli fighters and drones. They missed.

[...] The Israeli planes were bombing Syrian army artillery positions. From an Israeli perspective, it was a routine mission and nearly 100 of its kind have taken place since 2012. Such bombing is part of the Israeli policy of retaliating for any shells or rockets that have fallen on its side of the Golan Heights.

[...] This is the second known instance of Assad’s army retaliating against Israeli military activity in Syrian territory, but it is the first incident of this kind which has become public. The first instance, seven months ago, wasn’t announced by Israel or the Syrian government.