The Israeli Air Force has reportedly carried out airstrikes on targets in central Syria, Palmyra overnight.
Unlike the previous airstrikes which were usually carried around the Damascus airport, last night’s airstrikes were carried out much deeper inside Syrian airspace.
According to preliminary reports, four Israeli jets entered Syrian airspace crossing from the Lebanese airspace around 3AM in the morning.
The jets reportedly crossed into Syria and flew over Al-Bureyj, which is marked by the red arrow on the map.
The jets’ target was reported to be the strategic T4 airbase in central Syria, near Palmyra. The airbase might have Russian presence, although we cannot independently verify it.
The Syria command has announced that its air defense units have fired surface-to-air missiles towards the Israeli jets, something the Israelis have confirmed too. The missiles are almost certainly S-200 long-range surface-to-air missiles.
The Syrian command added that its missiles shot down an Israeli jet, something that the Israel Air Force denied.
Further, the Israelis claimed that they intercepted one of the Syrian S-200 SAMs by using an Arrow-3 interceptor missiles for the first time since its production.