So here’s what we know: Israeli planes flew from the Mediterranean, and managed to get halfway across the country before being fired on at Tell Al-Abyad, north of Raqaa, near the Turkish border.
Syrian air defences fired, the Israeli jets dumped ammunition (note the Syrian announcement said ‘dropped’ ammunition, rather than ‘bombed’) and made their way out of Syria.
Dumping ammunition or fuel is a technique to make a plane more maneuverable.
Now, Israeli Army Radio says there was no ‘air raid’, but has refused to comment on the veracity of the rest of the story.
This is important.
Israel felt the need to clear up the early confusion that they may have ‘bombed’ Syria. It seems they were only dumping ammunition.
Let’s be clear, there is very little new here. Israeli jets regularly enter Syria, and Syrian Air Defences regularly fire back. What is different here is that Syria has been playing the media game by putting the story out and getting control of it before Israel had the chance.
Almost 24 hours on, the best Israel has managed is to deny anything happened, but then clarify one element of what ‘didn’t’ happen.