Israel shoots down Syria warplane


The only other time since 1985 that Israel has shot down a Russian-made Syrian jet was in 2014, when it shot down a Sukhoi-24 over the Golan Heights, using the same missile battery as on Tuesday.

Syria's official state-run SANA news agency cited an unnamed military source as saying that the warplane had been hitting rebel targets in the area of Sidon on the outskirts of the Yarmouk Valley in Syrian airspace when it was struck it. So-called "deconfliction measures" have been in place between the two countries since Russian forces entered Syria on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad.

He affirmed that Israel continues to reject abiding by worldwide legitimacy resolutions due to the policy of some member states that provide the political cover and protection to it to go ahead in its occupation of Arab lands in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. The UN deployed peacekeepers between the two sides in 1974.

Israel says the Su-22 entered their airspace, and that it amounted to a violation of the 1974 Golan ceasefire. We will not accept any such penetration of, or spillover into, our territory, neither on the ground nor in the air.

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The jet took off from the T-4 military base northeast of Damascus, according to IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967. Most didn't make it in time to the assembly points, unable to make it through roads fast closing by advancing Syrian forces on one side and expanding ISIS militants on the other.

The camera showed an Israeli observation post 400 meters (440 yards) away.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Syrian airplane flying in Israel-controlled airspace had been a "gross violation" of the separation of forces between Israel and Syria. The plane crashed inside Syria.

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One more non-Jordanian resource acquainted with the arrangement stated the initial strategy had actually been to leave 800 individuals, however just 422 made it clear due to the fact that the procedures were obstructed by state control factors and also the development of Islamic state in the location. He did not elaborate.

The official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the fate of the second Syrian pilot remains unknown. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

On its Twitter, the Israeli army confirmed the aircraft was shot down by two Patriot missiles.

A media report claimed that Syria was in the middle of an operation targeting terrorist groups when the jet was shot down. The group would be linked to a US-Russian-Jordanian centre set up previous year in Jordan for monitoring a ceasefire in southwest Syria, said Major-General Milkahil Mizintsev.

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