Reports: Russian S-300 Battery Fires at Israeli Jets Over Syria


Russian S-300 air defense missile systems. (Wikipedia) 

According to foreign reports, a Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile battery fired at Israeli Air Force jets for the first time during the reported Israeli airstrike last Friday.

It is unclear if the incident indicates a new policy, at a time when tensions between Israel and Russia are rising over the war in Ukraine. Until now, Israel has coordinated with Russia over moves in Syria.

Israel’s Channel 13, meanwhile, reported on Monday that the Russian S-300 batteries fired at the Israeli aircraft but that the missiles did not pose a threat and there was no radar lock on the planes.

The Russian Defense Ministry revealed over the weekend that Israeli F-16s fired 22 missiles toward a Syrian scientific research center in Masyaf and the Baniyas port.

Israel launched “bursts of missiles” from over the Mediterranean at 11:20 p.m., triggering air-defense systems, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency.

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