Israel Believes Destroyed Up to 50% of Syrian Air Defenses in Strike – Source
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TEL-AVIV (Sputnik) – The Israeli military believes that it had managed to destroy up to a half of the Syrian Air Defense Forces during Saturday’s airstrike, an army source told Sputnik.
“According to our preliminary, I emphasize, preliminary estimates, about 50 percent of the Syrian Air Defense Forces were destroyed. We will once again verify these estimates,” the source said.
On February 10, the Israeli army said its helicopter intercepted what it called an Iranian drone launched from Syria and that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) struck Iranian targets in Syria. The Israeli moves prompted a response fire from the Syrian air defense systems. In the second wave of the attack, the Israeli forces struck 12 targets in Syria, including Syrian air defense batteries and Iranian military facilities, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.
Chief of Staff of the Israeli Air Force Tomer Bar has said that Israel’s operation was the biggest confrontation with the Syrian Air Defense Forces since the 1982 Lebanon War.