The Israeli Defense Forces confirmed that Israeli Air Force fighters conducted a missile strike against a Syrian base after a missile was fired at Israeli jets on a routine aerial reconnaissance mission in Lebanese airspace, Russia's news agency Sputnik reports. No people were in injured, and the Israeli jets returned safely, but not before attacking an anti-aircraft battery east of the Syrian capital of Damascus. As usual, The IDF blamed the Syrian government for the incident, however, presenting no proof to support the claim. Damascus has yet to comment on the situation.
"The IDF maintains its ability to thwart hostilities against Israeli civilians," the Israeli Defense Forces stated. According to one of the heads of the Israeli military's press service, Israel notified Russia of the airstrike as it was being carried out. Ironically, the Israeli military said that it "has no intention to destabilize the situation."
Following several incidents earlier in the year, a de-escalation zone had been created covering territories near the Syria-Israel border in the south of the country. The agreement was reached following the first talks between Putin and US President Donald Trump at G-20 summit.