Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet

Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet

The Sea of Galilee is tens of kilometers from the Syrian border; the missiles would appear to have flown over the Golan Heights before landing. He said it was unknown if the plane deliberately crossed into Israel nor what happened to its pilot.

Israel has launched Patriot missiles in what it describes as a successful interception of a Syrian warplane that penetrated its airspace, but Damascus says the jet was sacked on as it took part in operations against rebels on Syrian territory.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel took "appropriate" action because Syria breached the 1974 agreement that created buffer zones on the Golan Heights and insisted Syria to honour the agreement. Israel is not directly involved in the Syrian war but has attacked drones which have entered its airspace, and carried out dozens of air strikes on Syrian and Iranian military assets in Syria in recent years.

Israel said today it shot down a Syrian warplane that entered airspace above the Golan Heights, sending a firm message about its "red lines" as the dust settles on the civil war in southern Syria.

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for the Israeli military, said Israel's policy in Syria remains one of "noninterference".

Israeli military claims it has shot down a Syrian fighter jet that allegedly "infiltrated" its airspace over the occupied Golan Heights.

On Saturday, more than 400 rescuers and their family members were evacuated from Syria's Quneitra province through Israel to Jordan, after the rebels surrendered the last areas they held in the south-western province to the government.

Israel is concerned about Iranian-backed forces in Syria.

Israel worries Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may defy a 1974 United Nations armistice that demilitarized much of the Golan, or let his Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah reinforcements deploy there.

It was not immediately clear where the plane fell.

A Syrian military source told the Russia's Sputnik news agency that the warplane had been operated by one pilot who was killed in the incident. The aircraft was hit while traveling back towards Syria and its pilots ejected and landed in Syrian territory, Haaretz reported.

According to the Observatory, some 9,500 people have been bused from southwest Syria to Idlib.

"The mere fact that those would-be humanitarian activists, pretending to work for the sake of the Syrian people, had to be "rescued" from their own country, notably following an amnesty declared by the Syrian Government, suggests that the White Helmets" had reasons to fear that their crimes might be furthermore exposed", the statement reads.

"This is a problem we have to be very cautious about, to make sure Iran does not establish its forces along our border", said retired Brig.Gen. Yossi Kuperwasser, a former head of the Israeli military's Intelligence Research and Assessment Division.

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