According to the Syrian state news agency SANA, early on the morning of May 6, a group of Israeli Air Force Apache attack helicopters simultaneously launched an attack on the countryside north of the town of al-Quneitra, Syria. This is an area adjacent to the Golan Heights.
“No casualties occurred from the helicopter attack from Israel,” SANA said.
|An Israeli airstrike on Syria.|
A day earlier, an Israeli fighter raid in northern Syria left one civilian dead and six others injured. The Syrian air defense intercepted several Israeli missiles near the northern port city of Latakia, where the Russian Air Force Hmeymim base is located, and the western city of Hama.
The difference in these two airstrikes is that Israel has stopped using long-range jets and missiles, but instead is using helicopters with long-range missiles. The Syrian side said that the target of the attack belonged to the military government of this country. Meanwhile, Israel asserted that all targets hit were pro-Iran forces.
To carry out the same airstrikes as in 2018 and 2019, Israeli helicopters used the Spike NLOS missile. In previous attacks, the Spike NLOS attacked and destroyed a 130mm cannon, two anti-aircraft machine guns mounted on the Syrian government army’s military vehicle at the Qaus al-Sindiyana base south of Harfa village near Cao. Originally Golan.
Israel confirmed the attack and said it was in response to a bullet fired at Israel earlier. “The Syrian government is responsible for any aggression and we will not tolerate attacks that threaten Israeli territory,” the Israeli Army said.
Especially in Al-Quneitra province, the Syrian air defense force is deploying a fairly dense defense system, including the long-range S-300 interception system. But there is no indication that these weapons fired back.
Israel does not routinely attack Syrian army positions from the Golan Heights where they occupied, and recent airstrikes on the capital, Damascus and the surrounding areas, have often come from planes operating out of Syrian airspace. .
During the Six-Day War of 1967, Israel acquired the Golan Heights from Syria and occupied it, and in 1981 it unilaterally merged into its territory.
The sovereignty over the highlands is the main theme of the conflict between Israel and Syria, and efforts to take back the land have been going on since before Syria’s civil war.