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SEPTEMBER 2020

Preparing For Strikes? Israeli Warplanes, Drones Flew Near Syrian Border

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Preparing For Strikes? Israeli Warplanes, Drones Flew Near Syrian Border

The “Adir” jets first flight in Israel. Pictured: “Adir” jet and F-16I “Sufa”. Photo by: Maj. Ofer

On July 19, six warplanes and two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) violated Lebanon’s airspace, according to Syrian pro-government sources.

According to sreports, warplanes and UAVs flew in dual formations near the Syrian-Lebanese border in what appears to be a wide reconnaissance mission.

Lebanon’s National News Agency confirmed that a number of IAF warplanes flew over different regions of the country on high, medium and very low altitudes.

This year, the IAF launched a number of aerial attacks on Syria from Lebanon’s airspace. Most of the targets were located in the central governorates of Hama and Homs. The two main targets were Shayrat Air Base in eastern Homs and Masyaf Scientific Research Facility in western Hama.

Despite posing a real threat to Syria, the Syrian Air Defense Force doesn’t engage IAF warplanes over Lebanon.

The Israeli sorties over Lebanon today indicate that the IAF is preparing a new wave of airstrikes on targets in central Syria or near the capital, Damascus. Another possibility is that Israeli warplanes were involved in a reconnaissance mission against Hezbollah.

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