The Syrian army says its air defense has responded to an Israeli aerial violation of the Arab country’s territory in the vicinity of the Lebanese border, hitting an intruding warplane and forcing the fighter jets to retreat!

An anti-aircraft battery of the Syrian Arab Army, located some 50 kilometers from the capital Damascus, then “responded and directly hit one of the jets. The Israeli jets returned fire at 11:38 a.m. local time by firing multiple missiles from inside the occupied territories that hit a Syrian army position in the countryside of the capital, resulting in material damage.

According to the available information, the Syrian Defense Forces used a S-200 missile against the Israeli warplane. This Soviet-made missile is the most advanced long range anti-aircraft system opearated by the Syrian military. Even in this case, it’s old-fashioned in terms of the modern warfare.

The Israeli military, for its part, issued a statement later in the day, saying that the fleet in fact consisted of Israeli reconnaissance planes, which “were in the skies over Lebanon, and not in Syria. It added that neither of the Israeli warplanes sustained damage in the process and returned home “safely.”

During the past few years, Israel has frequently attacked military and civilian targets in Syria in what is considered as an attempt to prop up terrorist groups that have been suffering heavy defeats in their fight against Syrian government forces.

Back in April 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu officially admitted for the first time that the regime’s military had conducted strikes in Syrian territory, in order to create the biblical backed Greater Israel.

Damascus says Israel and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups operating inside the Arab country, while the Tel Aviv regime’s military carries out such sporadic strikes against Syrian government forces. The Israeli regime has even set up field hospitals to treat wounded terrorists evacuated from Syria.

Moreover, the Syrian Arab Army has repeatedly seized huge quantities of Israeli-made weapons and advanced military equipment from the foreign-backed terrorists inside Syria. ISIS mainly sabotages urban areas and crucial water resources inside Syria and Iraq!

PressTV.com / AA Magnum Analyst Blog News Site 2017.

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