Israeli Air Force General: Syria Strike Is the Most Substantial Since 1982

Brig. Gen. Tomer Bar, second in command of Israel’s Air Force, said Saturday that the Israeli strike in Syria Saturday morning – after an Israeli F-16 was shot down – was “the biggest and most significant attack the air force has conducted againt Syrian air defenses” since the 1982 Lebanon War.


The Israeli military said it has struck 12 targets in Syria, which included four Syrian air-defense battaries and four Iranian sites after the F-16I crashed.

The fighter jet was one of the planes sent to attack in Syria in response to the drone incursion earlier on Saturday.

According to Bar, “the drone control vehicle was moving and we succeeded in hitting it – also an impressive achievement given the conditions on the ground.” Israel, he said, waited for the drone to enter its territory and “chose where to bring it down.”