Syria claims Flash: We hit Israeli aircraft

Israel strikes Syria after missile attack

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A few minutes later, the IDF spokesperson called a special conference of Israeli military correspondents, which, besides as an account of the operation itself, was meant to send a message to Damascus that Yerushalayim has no interest in escalating the situation, and that on completion of the retaliation Israel's role in the matter was over. "One of the planes was hit, which forced the aircraft to leave", according to a statement issued by the Syrian army.

According to media reports, the Israeli air force came out of the episode without any damage.

Following that incident, Liberman warned against any further launching of missiles by the Syrian regime, threatening to destroy all Syrian air defenses.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday for his first official visit since assuming his position in 2012.

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"We see the Syrian regime as responsible and see these missiles as a clear Syrian provocation, and it will not be accepted", IDF Spokesman Brig.Gen. Ronen Manelis said.

The incident began when Israeli reconnaissance craft flew over Lebanese air space near the Syrian border within range of the anti-aircraft installation.

Syria also claimed that the Israeli jets were targeted after then entered Syrian airspace, a claim that Israeli denied.

Analysts ascribed the former to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's battlefield successes, which may have prompted him to take a more aggressive approach toward Israel. Russia intervened militarily in the Syrian conflict in September 2015, prompting Netanyahu to cozy up to Moscow, making four trips over the last eighteen months to meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin-an effort many suggest has been less than successful.

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"This was obviously not a pre-planned event", he added.

Israel and Hezbollah fought a devastating war in 2006. Russian Federation and Israel have established a hotline to avoid accidental clashes in Syria.

"Preserving the relative stability is a common interest", the lieutenant colonel said. The United Nations has stated on several occasions that Israel's occupation of the Golan Heights is illegal, calling for it to be returned to Syria. Israel believes Iran views Syria as a base for long-term strategic and economic influence, whereas Russian Federation believes the Iranians will leave the country once the Syrian civil war ends.

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