BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – Syria and Israel were involved in a fierce air battle this past weekend that resulted in the destruction of an IAF F-16 and several Syrian military buildings in Damascus and Homs.

While these events took place on February 10th, the first confrontation actually took place two days prior when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) opened fire on an Israeli drone near the occupied Golan Heights.

The following day, the Israeli Air Force flew several drone flights along the Syrian-Lebanon border, prompting the Syrian military to remain on high alert in Al-Quneitra and western Damascus.

The Syrian military would then fly their Iranian-manufactured drones in several areas that had an IAF presence, including the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Lebanon’s Beqa’a Valley.

According to a Syrian military source in Damascus, on the day of their forces downed the F-16, the Israeli Air Force deployed fighter jets to the Syrian-Lebanese border, which led Damascus to believe that an attack was imminent.

Using their plethora of Soviet-era S-200 anti-aircraft missiles, the Syrian military struck the F-16, causing the jet to crash in northern Galilee.

In response to the downing of the F-16, Israel would unleash a large number of airstrikes over the southwestern countryside of Damascus, with their primary target being the Syrian military bases and Iranian installations in the Rif Dimashq and Homs governorates.

Although some reports alleged that the IAF targeted Syrian military installations in the provinces of Al-Sweida and Aleppo; these were all false claims started by pro-opposition activists.

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A Syrian Army source in Damascus told Al-Masdar that the Israeli airstrikes would result in the death of at least eight Syrian military servicemen and a couple of Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary personnel.

Since the attack, the Syrian military has remained on high alert near the occupied Golan Heights, as the border situation remains very intense.

Despite claims that they are not seeking confrontation, Israel has reportedly moved their anti-missile systems to the Syrian border, which has increased fears of another hostile engagement.

Should another confrontation occur between Syria and Israel in the coming days, this could be the largest air battle we have seen between the two countries since the Lebanese Civil War.

 

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The fake Jew criminal Khazars must be really afraid to over react to such an extent. Putting defense system on the border is really absurd. Israhell is doing the attacking. It’s be fun to see Assad fire off his scuds at the belligerent jerks.

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+++ “Putting defense system on the border is really absurd” => You don’t get why? Well, at the present time, Israeli arrow is the ONLY system like this having intercepted an hypersonic SAM, actually, a S-200 but it’d work against S-300/400 too… +++ “Israhell is doing the attacking.” => NO! Just read the article! Actually, Israelis even ask they lawyers before ANY action, in order to comply with international law and UN charter! Why d’ya think nobody has sued them at the ICC while ICC has oppened a case against CIA for torture? Moreover, all Israel haters all practise torture,… Read more »

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Daeshbags Sux To everybody here defending Israel, sorry to burst your bubble (Not Really) but Israel is most certainly responsible for why the middle East today is ridden with corruption and wars. So is Saudi Arabia but I’m going to be focusing only on Israel in this message. So please sit back and allow me to tear Israel to shreds using facts and logic. So first off, about 3.5 billion American tax dollars are going to Israel every year on average, this was obviously never the case with the Palestinians and out of all the money and weapons that Israel… Read more »

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So what is the answer?
Most probably Netanyahus domestic troubles, as he is going to be prosecuted, he tries to win sympathoea of nazis in occupied Palestine.
1. He makes PR
2. Should Syria , or Iran go into a war with him, then he willbe saved from prosecution on corruption cjarges, as he would pronounce a war emergency.

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LOL.
I’m not too surprised!
Syria should really consider stopping these stupid provocations.
Actually, had they behaved nicer with Israelis, they might even had received IDF help. In fact, I think Syrian govt acts aggressive to secure the help of bigotic Iran, thus, Israeli help would have been far more efficient and Assad could have negotiated it by doing a peace treaty, even a secret one.
How politics is pitifully managed still stuns me!

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Daeshbags Sux Why do you keep acting like Israel isn’t playing a role in funding terrorism like the Saudis and the U.S. are? To everybody here defending Israel, sorry to burst your bubble (Not Really) but Israel is most certainly responsible for why the middle East today is ridden with corruption and wars. So is Saudi Arabia but I’m going to be focusing only on Israel in this message. So please sit back and allow me to tear Israel to shreds using facts and logic. So first off, about 3.5 billion American tax dollars are going to Israel every year… Read more »

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Oh… I could just imagine Assad going to Israel for help.

Assad:
“Hey! Netanyahoo, help me fight off these takfiris!”

Netanyahoo:
“What? You mean you want us to fight our new Wahabist partners!?! What will our best friend Mohammad Bin Sulman think?!? We must not alienate the true Muslims! Quick! Someone help me get another truck load of TOWs out to al Nursa!”

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DAESHBAGS SUX, STUPID TROLL, ISRAHELL IS THE AGRESSOR