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Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet after alleged Golan Heights border breach

25 July 2018

When it became clear the two Syrian SS-22 missiles were going to land inside Syria, the David's Sling missiles were ordered to self-destruct, the Israeli military said.

Syria's military, however, said one of its jets was targeted by Israel over Syrian territory as it flew sorties against Islamic State militants. In 1974, the United Nations deployed peacekeepers between the two sides there.

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". Syria said that the jet was sacked upon as it took part in operations against "terrorists".

"Since this morning, there has been an increase in the internal fighting in Syria and the Syrian Air Force's activity", the IDF added.

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Russian Federation has offered to keep pro-Iranian forces in Syria about 100 kilometers from the border with Israel as part of an agreement with Washington and Tel Aviv to help guarantee Israel's security, media are reporting.

Netanyahu held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on July 11 amid Israeli concern that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an old adversary, might defy a 1974 demilitarization deal on the Golan or allow his Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah allies to deploy there.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Syrian jet had been in "gross violation of the separation of forces between us an Syria". The TV Channel has given no information on whether the pilots managed to eject before the plane was struck by the missiles.

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".

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Today's trails of smoke above the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights are another sign of how Syria's war has agitated the dynamics between old foes in the region. As the jet crossed the border, the Israeli missiles shot it down.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and still occupies the area.

The system was activated "in response to the threat" from two Syrian surface-to-surface missiles approaching Israeli territory, an army statement said.

The Sukhoi Su-24, which is known throughout the world by its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation reporting name Fencer, was first introduced into the Soviet Air Forces in 1975.

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Also on Monday, Reuters witnesses on the southern edge of the Israeli-occupied Golan saw numerous warplanes and helicopters in the skies over Syrian territory.

Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet after alleged Golan Heights border breach