The Syrian government has reportedly issued a warning to the Israeli
government through a Russian mediator, cautioning them against continued
airstrikes against Syrian military targets and threatening to retaliate
with Scud missiles against Israeli military bases if they continue.
Israel had been intermittently attacking Syrian military targets
throughout the Syrian Civil War, but that conflict has escalated
dramatically in recent weeks, with Syria resisting larger Israeli
strikes with anti-aircraft missiles, and Israel continuing to strike,
and threatening to wipe out Syria’s air defenses outright.
Syria has a considerable cache of Scud missiles, which it acquired
over the years in large part related to their ongoing arms race with
Israel. Syrian officials reportedly threatened to hit military bases in
northern Israel, and potentially strikes against the Haifa Port if
Israel attacks civilian targets in Syria.
Russian air defense system missile system Antey 2500, or S-300 VM, is on
display at the opening of the MAKS Air Show in Zhukovsky outside
Moscow, Russia. The Russian military has deployed the S-300 air defense
missile systems to Syria to protect a Russian navy facility in the
Syrian port of Tartus and Russian navy ships in the area.