Syrian SAM Fires on Israeli Recon Aircraft

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On October 16, Syria’s national “Air Force and Air Defense Day,” a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile system fired on several Israeli aircraft flying reconnaissance over Lebanon. The missile interceptor failed to hit its target, and the aircraft safely exfiltrated Lebanese airspace. Several hours later a separate Israeli sortie launched four missiles at the S-200 site responsible for the attack, incapacitating the system. The SAM site was reportedly located 30 miles east of Damascus.