A Syrian surface-to-air missile (SAM) system engaged Israeli aircraft in Lebanese airspace on 16 October, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
“Earlier today, an anti-aircraft missile was launched from Syria towards IDF aircraft during a routine flight over Lebanon. No hits were confirmed,” the IDF said.
It identified the missile as an SA-5 – the US designation for the S-200 long-range SAM system – and said Israeli aircraft retaliated by attacking the battery that launched it, approximately 50 km from Damascus.
The government-controlled Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that Syrian air defences hit an Israeli aircraft when they responded to a violation of the country’s airspace near Lebanon's Baalbek area at 0851 h local time (0551 h GMT).
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