Fearing that sophisticated weapons would find their way into the hands of Hezbollah, their overt enemy in Lebanon, the Israeli Air Force destroys a convoy of SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles and a military research center on a Damascus-Beirut road. The pre-emptive Israeli attack marks the first time Israeli forces engage Syria since the outbreak of its civil war in March 2011. Ehud Barak, the Israeli Defense Minister, confirms the attack.