Syria fired on Israeli aircraft when they supposedly crossed into Syrian airspace on Thursday. They may have been gathering intelligence , who knows. Iran, of course, is dying to get into the mix offering Syria whatever “aid” they need
The Syrian military spokesman did not specify whether the military used surface-to-air missiles or anti-aircraft artillery when confronting the aircraft.
“We warn the Israeli enemy government against this flagrant aggressive act, and retain the right to respond in an appropriate way,” the Syrian spokesman said, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.
Counterterrorism expert Boaz Ganor said that if Thursday’s overflight occurred, it’s possible Israel was “collecting intelligence on long-range missiles” deployed by Syria in the north.
Imad Fawzi Shoaibi, a Syrian political analyst, speculated that Israel may have been probing Syria’s new air defense systems provided by Russia, at a time when tension is running high between the two countries.
Israel acknowledges flying over Lebanon routinely, but it is unclear how often its aircraft fly over Syria, if at all.
Syrian officials, including Assad, have repeatedly warned Israel in recent weeks that the occupation of the Golan Heights “cannot last forever.”