According to Israel's military, it struck the Syrian anti-aircraft battery after an Israeli aircraft was targeted over Lebanon. Israel has carried out dozens of attacks on suspected arms shipments to Hezbollah.
Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian anti-aircraft battery after coming under fire during a reconnaissance mission in Lebanese airspace, the Israeli military said Monday. No Israeli aircraft were hit by the anti-aircraft fire.
Israel said the fire hailed from Syrian government-controlled SA-5 battery located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Damascus. Two hours later, a separate aircraft "incapacitated" the Syrian anti-aircraft position, Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.
"We hold the Syrian regime responsible for the anti-aircraft fire and any attack originating from Syria," Conricus said.
The Syrian army reported no casualities from the airstrike, which it said it had only caused limited material damage, yet warned "of the serious repercussions of the repeated aggressive attempts by Israel."
But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his country's action. "Our policy is clear: anyone who tries to harm us, we will harm them," he said.