Syria claims it 'repelled' Israeli surveillance planes

Syria says it forced Israeli surveillance planes that breached its southern border to withdraw. Israel not commenting.

Elad Benari,


Syria on Wednesday claimed to have repelled Israeli surveillance planes that breached its southern border, AFP reported, citing state media.

"Syrian air defenses have repelled Israeli surveillance planes over Quneitra, forcing them to leave Syrian airspace," the official SANA news agency said.

Israel has not commented on the reports, which come several days after the incident an Iranian drone entered Israeli airspace from Syria, remaining in Israel some 90 seconds before the IAF shot it down.

In response to the provocation, Israel attacked the drone's command center. During the IAF operation, Syrian surface-to-air missiles downed an Israeli F-16I fighter jet. Both pilots suffered injuries, and ejected after reaching Israeli territory.

The Syrian government warned Israel on Tuesday that it faced “more surprises” in future attacks on Syrian territory in the wake of the incident on the weekend.

Syria’s assistant foreign minister Ayman Sussan said during a Damascus news conference, “Have full confidence the aggressor will be greatly surprised because it thought this war - this war of attrition Syria has been exposed to for years - had made it incapable of confronting attacks.”

“God willing they will see more surprises whenever they try to attack Syria,” he said, according to Reuters.

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