After Israel's Rare Strike in Syria, Assad Regime Warns of 'Dangerous Consequences'

Netanyahu says 'today they attempted to hit our planes,' calling the incident 'unacceptable.' He added that 'if anyone attempts to harm us, we will harm them back'

Syrian soldiers shout slogans in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad from the back of an army truck, 2011.
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The Syrian army warned of "dangerous consequences" after Israel launched a rare strike on an anti-aircraft battery near Damascus on Monday.

The Syrian army claimed they made direct contact with an Israeli jet, in contradiction to Israeli claims, adding that the Israeli strike only caused minor damage. They stated that they will continue to fight "terror organizations" acting as Israeli proxies.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the strike, saying that "today they attempted to hit our planes," calling the incident "unacceptable." He added that "if anyone attempts to harm us, we will harm them back."

The attack was prompted by the launch of an SA5-type missile at Israeli reconnaissance planes. The Syrian missile did not hit its Israeli targets but the Israel Defense Forces decided to hit the battery, the army said.

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The army targeted the battery with four bombs and, according to the IDF, the battery was damaged to the extent it was no longer operational. The army said the battery targeted was the same that fired at Israeli jets last March, prompting Israel make use of its Arrow anti-missile system for the first time.