Israel denies Syria downed its aircraft during Palmyra bombing

  • Israel denies Syria downed its aircraft during Palmyra bombing

Israel denies Syria downed its aircraft during Palmyra bombing

It marks the most serious incident between the two countries since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war six years ago, according to analysts.

In an unusual move, Prime Minister Netanyahu released a statement on Friday regarding the IAF airstrike on Syrian territory which happened earlier on Friday morning. The Jordanian military said the debris came from the Israeli interception of missiles fired from Syria.

Hezbollah has been fighting in the Syrian war in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. 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. The IDF reported that its "aerial defense systems intercepted one of the missiles" and stressed that "at no point was the safety of Israeli civilians or aircraft compromised".

While Israel has long avoided getting involved in the war in Syria, its jets have been striking targets in the region since at least 2013, when US officials told CNN they believed IDF jets had struck targets inside Syrian territory.

"Our air defense engaged them and shot down one warplane over occupied territory, hit another one, and forced the rest to flee".

Netanyahu said in footage aired on Israel's major television networks: "When we identify attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah and we have intelligence and it is operationally feasible, we act to prevent it".

Russian Federation summoned the Israeli Ambassador to Moscow Gary Koren, demanding clarifications less than 24 hours after Israel struck targets in Syria.

Yaakov Amidror, a former head of Israel's National Security Council, said weapons convoys of the Iran-backed Hezbollah remained a "red line" and that Israel would continue to attack them when deemed necessary. It is the first time that the Arrow-3 system is known to have been used operationally.

The army added that none of the missiles hit Israel. Evidence of this is clear from the Israeli Home Front alarm sounded throughout the southern environs of Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley; as well as pieces of the Arrow 2 rocket engine found and photographed in Jordan. Israel has responded to the errant fire with limited reprisals on Syrian positions.

Syria says Israel and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri militant groups operating inside the Arab country.