MIDDLE EAST ON EDGE: Jerusalem Shoots Down SYRIAN Warplane Over Israel

MIDDLE EAST ON EDGE: Jerusalem Shoots Down SYRIAN Warplane Over Israel

MIDDLE EAST ON EDGE: Jerusalem Shoots Down SYRIAN Warplane Over Israel

In an interview with i24NEWS following the incident, retired IDF Major General Noam Tibon, former head of the army's Northern Command, said he believed the incident was indeed a mistake by the Syrian air force.

Israel fired two Patriot missiles at a Syrian fighter jet that penetrated more than a mile into Israeli airspace.

Syria acknowledged that Israel had shot at a Syrian jet, but claimed that it was over Syrian airspace. The plane fell inside Syrian territory, and the fate of the pilot is unknown, the Israeli military said.

Israel "targeted one of our warplanes.in Syrian airspace", the source said, cited by state news agency SANA.

The jet crashed on the Syrian-heold side of the Golan Height, according to the Israel Defense Forces, which appeared to acknowledge that its mission was related to the civil war inside Syria.

In the second, in 2014, the air force shot down a Sukhoi jet with a US -supplied Patriot missile about a half-mile into Israeli airspace.

Israel says the Su-22 entered their airspace, and that it amounted to a violation of the 1974 Golan ceasefire.

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon says that Israel seeks "no escalation in the region".

Today's incident comes a day after Israel's air defences fired at Syrian rockets it feared could hit its territory. Israeli officials said Netanyahu rebuffed as insufficient a Russian offer to keep Iranian forces 100 km (62 miles) from the Golan lines.

"Israel also continues its colonial settlement campaigns in the occupied Syrian Golan and the policies of repression against Golan citizens, looting their resources and arresting the Syrian people in a blatant violation of Geneva treaties", Munzer said.

Col. Jonathan Conricus told reporters, "We have passed a number of messages, in a number of languages in order to ensure that no one violates Israeli air space".

IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said Tuesday the Russian-made Syrian fighter jet shot down by Israel took off from the T4 base "and was advancing towards Israel at great speed". However, several social media outlets said that the Colonel "Omran Mer'ei", the pilot of the downed Sukhoi was killed.

The Golan Heights was illegally captured by Israel in 1967 and annexed in 1981. And, the downing of the F-16 was the first Israeli military aircraft loss in decades, according to retired Gen. Amos Yadlin.

Israel worries that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad might try to defy the demilitarisation regime or allow his Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah reinforcements to deploy near the Golan.

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