Israel denies Syria shot down a warplane

Posted March 20, 2017

"The Israeli Air Force carried out airstrikes on a convoy in Syria, carrying a batch of weapons for Hezbollah", Katz said in a statement, distributed by his press service.

The firing of missiles from Syria toward Israeli aircraft is extremely rare, though Israeli military officials reported a shoulder-fired missile a few months ago.

"The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation", Liberman said on Israel Radio.

The leader of Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, confirmed on Saturday that an Israeli airstrike hit one of his group's strategic strongholds in Syria on Thursday night.

"Our policy is very consistent".

"When we identify attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah and we have intelligence and it is operationally feasible, we act to prevent it", according to the Times of Israel.

The Israeli military, however, later denied the Syrian claims, asserting that all of its fighters had "safely returned to their bases".

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"That's how it was yesterday and that's how we shall continue to act", he added.

Israel and Syria are still technically at war, though the border had remained largely quiet for decades until 2011 when the Syrian conflict broke out.

It would be one of the first times the system has been used.

"Israel is meddling in Syria every day under lots of excuses", he said.

"I have repeatedly called on Syria militants not to put trust in [the] West and implement their plots in Syria, because the United States and its allies are only using them as cannon fodder and will abandon [them] as soon as they are defeated", Nasrallah said at a ceremony held in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut to commemorate the birthday anniversary of Hazrat Fatima Zahra (PBUH), the daughter of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

In December, Liberman told a delegation of European Union envoys that Israel will "prevent the smuggling of sophisticated weapons, military equipment and weapons of mass destruction from Syria to Hezbollah". Israel views the organization as enemy militants. In 2014, the Syrian government and an opposition group both said an IDF strike had hit Damascus' suburbs and airport. Jordanian sources stated that this was the attack target that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about.