It seems that Israel has decided to again go to military activity in Syria. After the death of the crew of the Russian Il-20, in which our Ministry of Defense accused the IDF fighters, Tel Aviv stopped sending aircraft with combat missions. The crisis broke out, which was aggravated by the supply of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems S-300 to the Arab Republic.
Despite the actual closure of the Syrian airspace, in the Jewish state almost every day they promised to continue the bombing of Iranian and all other undesirable objects in the SAR. Benjamin Netanyahu himself talked about it several times, and the terrible comments of the Russian military, who promised an immediate reaction in case of any violation, did not bother him. Israeli military and other specialists have made plans, and as a result they came to the conclusion that their pilots were able to bypass the S-300’s protection, especially the S-300’s theoretical breakthrough plan — the IDF worked together with Cyprus for several years protecting your sky with our air defense systems. True, Cypriots have outdated models – they were acquired in the second half of the 90s, and the S-300 has since been repeatedly improved. In general, completely different modifications have already fallen into Syria.
However, these are all theories, but in fact for two and a half months no one decided to check the effectiveness of the Russian complexes. It is for the better, because the consequences can be the most unpredictable. But something suddenly changed. Either Israel believed in its inviolability and invincibility, or Netanyahu, after talking with Putin, considered that the Russians were again crowded into his friends. It’s just that after the Paris meeting of our president with the Israeli prime minister, strange rumors began to spread – as if Putin was ready to forget everything and even offered to bring the Iranians out of Syria. Who knows, maybe this is true, but be that as it may, Tel Aviv again decided to proceed to military action in the SAR.
In the last hours of Thursday, Arab media from various countries transmitted information about suspicious military activity in southwestern Syria, near Damascus, near the Golan Heights. Later, Syrian sources clarified that there were several attacks from Israel. One attack fell directly on Damascus, its airport was attacked, the other fell on a settlement located in the suburbs of the Syrian capital. In addition, reports of explosions near the Golan Heights, as well as near the Russian base Khmimim. It is noteworthy that shortly before this, Israeli sources reported that a rocket was launched from Syria in the direction of the Golan, perhaps even a few. They fell in deserted places and did not cause any damage.
It would be possible to complete the story if only one thing did not happen — one of the Israeli planes was shot down. The Ministry of Defense of Syria reported this at 22:30 (23:30 Moscow time for example), however, without specifying the origin of the attacking aircraft and specifying only one location near which the attack was made – Kisua (Kiswa).
Our military sources report how events developed. During Thursday, Syria’s airspace was violated several times by Israel. But not for long – after the warning the planes left the zone almost immediately. Among them were both drones and manned vehicles. There is no exact information about the explosion in the Golan. In any case, our military from the government territories did not fix the launches and the Syrian colleagues did not share such information. After a while, in the late afternoon, three (maybe even four) Israeli fighters again found themselves in Syrian airspace. One of them attacked positions near the Lebanese border, the others advanced a little further west. Hezbollah and the Iranians were probably the target of the aircraft, but so far there is no information about the victims.
The presence of the aircraft was recorded by many systems, the very same S-300s among them. But about whether they attacked the planes or not, our source said nothing. He only confirmed that the information recorded by our military was transmitted to the Syrian police officers. Those in turn acted in accordance with the orders of their own leaders.
If the Syrians really managed to shoot down the plane, then perhaps it was an F-16, because at least one F-16 was precisely fixed by the Russian S-300. Another source reports that the plane was definitely shot down, but it is unlikely that the wreckage could be picked up and examined, since the downed object crashed somewhere in the Golan region, not far from the official Israeli border.