The Syrian army has warned of "dangerous consequences" following an airstrike by Israel on a regime SA-5 anti-aircraft battery east of the capital of Damascus after it fired a surface-to-air missile at Israeli jets.
Syria descended into war in 2011, when President Assad deployed government troops to quash anti-government demonstrations in several areas of the country.
As reported earlier today by JOL, the Israeli aircraft, which had just completed a mission above Lebanese territory, struck the Syrian anti-aircraft battery by dropping four bombs.
He said Russian forces were notified in real time and that Israel holds Syria responsible for any attack from its territory. But it was preceded by at least three similar cases over the last two years in which Syria fired anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli planes. But IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said, both initially and in response to the Syrian assertion, that the reconnaissance planes "were in the skies over Lebanon, and not in Syria".
In effect, it sent a message not only to the Syrians, but to the Russians and Americans as well, that Israel has the capacity to disrupt any peace agreement in Syria if Israeli security concerns are not taken into account.
Lieutenant-Colonel Conricus said a Syrian attack on Israeli air force planes over Lebanon was unprecedented.
Sergei Shoigu also set out a hope that the talks would strengthen friendly ties between the armed forces of Russian Federation and Israel. "We value your attitude towards the memory of those who took part and died in World War II", the Israeli defense minister said.
In general, Israel's operation in Syria consist of bombing sites that are used to develop, store and transport advanced weaponry to the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group.
Israel is concerned that Iran and Hezbollah are creating a new front in Syria and has sought Russian assurances that they will not be allowed near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.