Middle East

Syria repels Israeli missiles using Russian-made air defense system (VIDEO)

14:31, 23 July 2021
Syria repels Israeli missiles using Russian-made air defense system (VIDEO) Photo: MOD Russia/via Globallookpress.com

The Syrian army has repelled a missile attack conducted by two Israeli F-16 warplanes on Thursday using Russian-made ‘Buk’ air defense systems, according to the Russian military.

Around 01:11 local time, two Israeli warplanes launched four missiles at Syria’s Homs province from the Lebanese territory, however, the missiles didn’t reach the target.

“All four missiles were destroyed by on-duty Syrian air defense units, using Russian-made Buk-M2E systems,” the Russian Reconciliation Center of Syria said.

It might be seen on the photos which have spread on social media showing the sparks in the sky at night.

It was the second Israeli attack against Syria this week during Muslim holy holidays Eid al-Adha.

Previously, on Tuesday, four Israeli jets fired eight missiles towards Aleppo province, aiming at a scientific research facility in the town of Safira. However, seven of the missiles were shot down as Syrian air defense had used BUK-M2 and Pantsir-S, head of the Reconciliation Center, Rear Admiral Vadim Kulit said.

The Israel Defense Forces claim their airstrike, which they have been launching into Syrian territory for years, to be a self-defense measure against “Iranian” targets in the country. Damascus considers these attacks to be the act of aggression. 

Frequent Israeli attacks have been condemned by Russia, Turkey, and Iran, describing the Israeli aggression as violations of ‘international law, international humanitarian law, the sovereignty of Syria, and neighboring counties.’