Monday, 22 April, 2019

IDF Patriot Missiles Shoots Down Syrian Sukhoi Warplane Over Israel

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Deanna Wagner | 24 July, 2018, 15:39

But Israeli media did not characterize Netanyahu's response as a rejection of the Russian plan to keep Iranian military advisers and pro-Iranian fighters, including Lebanon's Hizballah militia, at a substantial distance from Israel as Syrian troops reassert control in the border region.

The Israeli army said it had shot down a Syrian fighter jet with surface-to-air missiles after the plane infiltrated its airspace.

The military would not comment on how the Syrian plane was able to penetrate two kilometers into Israeli airspace before being shot down.

An IDF spokesperson on Twitter said it launched the missiles due to "an increase in the internal fighting" in Syria. Israel also launched an interceptor missile at the second Syrian rocket, but it is unclear if it hit its target. "The IDF is ready and vigilant and will continue to act against violations of the 1974 separation of forces agreements".

The military source quoted by SANA accused Israel of aiding "terrorists" in the country's southwest, where the Syrian air force has been conducting extensive bombing raids throughout the day against a number of opposition groups in the area.

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Syria and Israel fought two wars over their shared border, in 1967 and 1973, leading to Israel's seizure of the Golan Heights in what was Syria's Quneitra province.

On Monday of this week, Israel used its David's Sling missile-defense system operationally for the first time, firing at two Syrian surface-to-surface missiles. "It was then intercepted by the Patriot missiles".

Iran is Israel's arch-enemy and Netanyahu has pledged to prevent it from entrenching itself militarily in Syria. The incident triggered sirens in northern Israel and on the Golan, sending many residents to shelters. "No injuries or damage reported".

The IDF said the aircraft was monitored as it approached the border.