Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet for entering its airspace

Israeli military said that a Sukhoi Su-22 was tracked by radar from take-off

Israeli military said that a Sukhoi Su-22 was tracked by radar from take-off

It said there had been an increase in fighting across its northern border, including intensified Syrian Air force activity. The IDF said that jet - a Sukhoi 24 - had entered one kilometer into Israeli airspace before it was downed by a single Patriot missile.

On Tuesday, Syrian forces reached the Golan Heights frontier for the first time in seven years. I do not know of any reports of parachutes being spotted, and we do not know if any pilots have been retrieved'.

A photo of the Syrian pilot- who died in the Israeli shooting of his fighter jet that crossed into the occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday- surfaced online. The U.N. deployed a peacekeeping force between the two sides in 1974. "If it's 100km from the border or 120, it makes no difference for us", said Tzachi Hanegbi, Israel's Minister for Regional Cooperation. "That's what any other country would do", Danon said. Now the government may be ready to spend billions of dollars to bolster the country's air and missile defense system. "We will not accept any such penetration, or spillover into, our territory, neither on the ground nor in the air".

Shortly before the reported downing, Syria's state-run Al-Ikhbariya TV was broadcasting images from the fence demarcating the United Nations buffer zone between Syrian and Israeli forces.

'It was shot down and it crashed, ' Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters.

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Israel says it has shot down a Syrian warplane which entered its airspace - a rare incident between the two foes.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) also confirmed that Damascus government units had made a "quick advance" against militants in the western part of Dara'a. The plane crashed in the southern part of the Syrian Golan Heights, he said. But if Syrian President Bashar Assad doesn't heed Israel's many warnings to stay away from the border, the situation could escalate quickly. And, the downing of the F-16 was the first Israeli military aircraft loss in decades, according to retired Gen. Amos Yadlin.

About a third of the Golan Heights is still nominally controlled by Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Syrian jet had been in "gross violation of the separation of forces between us an Syria".

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