Syria: We shot down an Israeli Jets


In a rare communique, in which Israel took responsibility for the usually clandestine airstrikes, the Israeli Air Force confirmed that its warplanes had struck several targets in neighboring Syria. Syria responded by firing several missiles at the aircraft - one of which was intercepted by Israel's air defense systems.

It is rare for Israel to admit to air strikes in Syria though there have been reports of at least four similar raids against Hezbollah weapons shipments since the start of December of past year.

In November 2012, Israel fired warning shots toward Syria after a mortar shell hit an Israeli military post, the first time Israel had fired on Syria across the Golan Heights since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

A source in the Israeli defense establishment told CNN's Sara Sidner at the time: "We will do whatever is necessary to stop the transfer of weapons from Syria to terrorist organizations". "At no point was the safety of Israeli civilians or the IAF [Israeli Air Force] aircraft compromised", an Israeli military spokesman said.

One missile was intercepted by Israel's Arrow missile defense battery, military officials said, in the first reported use of the advanced system.

A surface-to-air missile (SAM) was intercepted using the Arrow system, created to stop long-range ballistic missiles, reports say.

Observers saw Russian Federation summoning the ambassador as a message from Moscow echoing its control over Syria or areas that are still under the control of Bashar al Assad.

His comments came after the Israeli army announced that its aircraft have carried out several strikes inside Syria.

Israeli media are reporting that the Arrow intercepted an SA-5 surface-to-air missile, or SAM, and indeed it is logical that Syria's air defense system launched against the intruding Israeli fighters in an attempt to down the planes.

It is rare for Israel to publicly acknowledge air strikes inside Syria, with whom Israel is still technically at war.

Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Moscow, where he asked the Kremlin to make sure Iran does not gain a foothold in the area.

Following the war, Israel began developing the Golan, freeing farmers in the Hula Valley from daily Syrian sniper fire.

The Israeli military denied that any planes had been struck. The Israeli radio spoke about a "dramatic night".



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