Israel carried out air strikes on Syrian targets on Sunday as two civilian flights were landing in Beirut and Damascus, putting passengers at risk.
On the evening of Christmas Day, six Israeli F-16 fighter jets used two civilian flights as cover to strike a logistics compound on the outskirts of Damascus from Lebanese airspace.
The Israeli Air Force used as many as 16 US-made laser-guided GBU-39 bombs, however only two of them reached their targets. Most of the hostile missiles were intercepted by Syria’s air defenses.
The Israeli military has confirmed it was forced to “activate” air defense systems against an anti-aircraft missile coming from Syria.
The statement confirmed a previous report by Syria’s state-run news agency SANA that went public overnight. Israel has not confirmed the strikes, but reported that the IDF activated its air defense systems to shoot down a Syrian anti-aircraft missile.
Later, Netanyahu praised the Israeli air force for the reckless Christmas raid on Syria.
Israel repeatedly carried out strikes on targets on Syrian soil that it regards as threats to its security. Damascus blasts those war crimes as illegitimate acts of aggression and has threatened not to let them go unanswered.
Syrian airspace has seen a number of dangerous incidents. In September, a tragic sequence of events led to the downing of a military surveillance Il-20 plane, which killed all 15 crew on board.
The Russian plane was shot down by Syrian air defense units as Israel’s F-16’s effectively used it as cover during the attack on its neighbor, but Israel denied any culpability.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2018.