Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Israel 'shoots down' Syrian warplane which entered its airspace



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

 
Two surface-to-air missiles were fired at the Sukhoi fighter jet, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted.


According to Israeli reports, it happened over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The pilot's fate is not clear.


Syrian news agency Sana said Israel had targeted the jet over Syrian airspace, but did not say whether it was hit.


Sana quoted an unnamed military source as saying the plane was conducting raids against "armed terrorist groups" near the southern Yarmouk Valley.
Syria routinely describes rebel groups as terrorists.


Israel's Haaretz news website said residents in northern Israel saw interceptor missiles fired and heard explosions.


Flames and smoke were also later seen rising from the area of the fence between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights, AFP news agency reports.





BBC      News.