Israel strikes Syrian anti-aircraft battery after missile fire

Israel strikes Syrian anti-aircraft battery after missile fire
Israeli jets attacked Syrian anti-aircraft battery near Damascus on Monday after it fired towards its planes, Israel's military said.
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16 October, 2017
Israel has carried out strikes in Syria aiming to stop arms deliveries to Hizballah [Getty]

Israeli jets on Monday attacked an anti-aircraft battery in Syria, east of Damascus, after it fired toward its planes, its military said.

Israeli planes were on what the military described as a routine reconnaissance mission over neighbouring Lebanon when an anti-aircraft missile was fired in their direction, a military spokesman said. 

The planes returned safely, according to the spokesman, adding it was believed the anti-aircraft battery in Syria was destroyed.

"We hold the Syrian regime responsible for the anti-aircraft fire and any attack originating from Syria," Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told journalists.

Israel's military said it had no intention to escalate the situation further.

Israel has sought to avoid becoming more directly involved in the six-year civil war in neighbouring Syria, though it acknowledges carrying out dozens of air strikes to stop what it calls advanced arms deliveries to Hizballah.

The Lebanese Shia group is backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the conflict. 

Israel and Hizballah fought a devastating war in 2006.

Monday's strike comes with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu due to visit Israel later in the day. Russia is also backing Assad in the Syrian conflict.

Russia and Israel have established a hotline to avoid accidental clashes in Syria.