JERUSALEM – The Israeli navy says it has shot down a Syrian fighter jet that entered Israeli airspace over southern Golan on Tuesday afternoon.
The Sukhoi jet entered two kilometers into Israeli airspace when two Patriot missiles have been launched to intercept the plane, the Israel Protection Forces (IDF) stated in a press release. The fighter jet was being monitored by Israel throughout its flight, the assertion added.
Two Patriot missiles have been launched at a Syrian Sukhoi fighter jet that infiltrated about 1 mile into Israeli airspace. The IDF monitored the fighter jet, which was then intercepted by the Patriot missiles. pic.twitter.com/owL4Pm7zER
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 24, 2018
Syrian information company SANA stated Israel had focused considered one of its jets over its airspace, however didn’t say it was hit. The company quoted a navy supply as saying the airplane was conducting raids towards “armed terrorist teams” close to the Yarmouk Valley.
Unconfirmed reviews say pilot was killed.
It’s reportedly the primary time Israel has shot down a manned Syrian plane since 2014.
The capturing follows the day after Israel used its David’s Sling missile defence system for the primary time.
The system was activated when two Syrian surface-to-surface missiles appeared to strategy Israeli airspace.