Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Israel shoots down Syrian fighter near Golan Heights

Israel shoots down Syrian fighter near Golan Heights

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

Reuters said Israel previously rejected a Russian proposal to keep Iranian forces about 80 kilometers from the frontier. So-called "deconfliction measures" have been in place between the two countries since Russian forces entered Syria on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad.

It is reportedly the first time Israel has shot down a manned Syrian aircraft since 2014.

He also reaffirmed "Israel will continue to act against any attempt by Iran and its proxies to entrench militarily in Syria". The UN deployed peacekeepers between the two sides in 1974.

Israel's prime minister has called the reported breach of Israeli airspace by a Syrian fighter jet a "gross violation" of a demilitarization agreement between Israel and Syria.

An explosion on the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border is seen from the Israeli Golan Heights. He said that he "appreciated" Putin's commitment to Israel's security concerns as he and other world leaders discuss the future of Syria.

In May, an Israeli official said Washington was considering recognising Israeli sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Syrian territory.

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United Nations peacekeepers "observed burning debris falling from an aircraft" some 10 km (6 miles) inside Syrian territory southeast of the Golan buffer zone, their agency said in a statement.

The army said there had been an increase in 'internal fighting in Syria, ' including involving the air force, since the morning hours. Seven Iranian military personnel were killed in that strike.

The IDF, in a statement Tuesday, said that it noticed increased activity in southwestern Syria near the Israel-Syria border.

It was the second time during the Syrian civil war that Israel has shot down a Syrian warplane, the Ynet website said.

The condition of the pilot and crew are unknown. The TV Channel has given no information on whether the pilots managed to eject before the plane was struck by the missiles. Syria acknowledges that Israel shot down its fighter, but it rejects accusations that the aircraft entered Israeli airspace, according to the Jerusalem Post.

According to the source, the plane was attacking terrorists near the community of Sayda in the Wadi Yarmouk area of the Daraa province.

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