Israel shoots down Syria fighter jet that entered its airspace

Israel shoots down Syria fighter jet that entered its airspace

Israel shoots down Syria fighter jet that entered its airspace

Syrian state media said that the plane had been "raiding terrorist gatherings" near the area of Wadi al-Yarmouk and was inside Syrian airspace when it was shot down.

"Two Patriot missiles were launched at a Syrian Sukhoi fighter jet that infiltrated about one mile into Israeli airspace", the IDF said in a statement, adding it "monitored the fighter jet, which was then intercepted by the Patriot missiles".

Before it launched its strike, Israel communicated with Russia to make sure the jet was Syrian, and not part of the Russian air force, according to Conricus.

The day before the jet was shot down, Israel used its David's Sling missile defence system for the first time when two Syrian surface-to-surface missiles seemed to approach its airspace.

The IDF said the jet fell on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, but did not give any information on the fate of the pilot. He did not know if it had deliberately breached the country's airspace.

Tensions between Israel and Syria, technically at war since 1948, have been building over the last month as Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air power, have made sweeping gains against rebel factions in the southwest of the country.

A Jordanian federal government resource stated that 422 individuals were drawn from Syria, throughout the Israeli busy Golan Levels boundary and also right into Jordan, below a number of 800 formerly revealed by the Foreign Ministry in Amman. The UN deployed peacekeepers between the two sides in 1974.

IDF spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said, "The IDF is ready and vigilant and will continue to act against violations of the 1974 separation of forces agreements".

The Syrian regime responded by saying that Israel had targeted the warplane which was in Syrian airspace. As rebel forces negotiated surrender with government forces, the White Helmets were reportedly excluded from deals by Syrian officials and Russian representatives as a "a red line" who should be "eradicated", a source told the Associated Press. The aircraft was hit while traveling back towards Syria and its pilots ejected and landed in Syrian territory, Haaretz reported. We can not wait to see what are the real intentions of this fighter.

In Monday's meeting between Lavrov and Netanyahu, Russia offered to keep Iranian forces 100 kilometres (62 miles) away from the Israeli-occupied Golan, but Israel said the proposal did not go far enough. The Syrian government is claiming that they were weeding out ISIS terrorists from the area.

Government forces are now concentrating their fire on one remaining enclave not yet in their hands - a sliver of land along the Golan Heights frontier that is held by the militants linked to the Islamic State group.

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