Israel shot down Syrian warplane over Golan Heights

Israeli military sources said the plane apparently crossed by accident into Israeli-controlled airspace over the Golan Heights

Israel shot down Syrian warplane over Golan Heights

World Bulletin/News Desk

Israel's military said it shot down a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights on Tuesday, in the first such incident in three decades.

"It was a Russian-made Sukhoi," a military spokesman said.

Israeli military sources said the plane apparently crossed by accident into Israeli-controlled airspace over the Golan Heights - where fighting from Syria's civil war has spilled over occasionally - and was not on a mission to attack Israeli targets.

The aircraft was intercepted by a U.S.-manufactured Patriot missile, the spokesman said.

Israel Radio said the warplane was apparently carrying out a mission against Syrian rebels battling the forces of President Bashar al-Assad. Israel's military said it shot down a Syrian drone over the Golan Heights on Aug. 31.

Syria confirmed Israel had shot down a Syrian warplane in what it described as an act of aggression, confirming the first such incident in three decades.

Syrian state TV quoted a military source saying the downing of the plane, which coincided with U.S.-led air strikes, came "in the framework of (Israel's) support for the terrorist (ISIL) and the Nusra Front".

Israel last downed a manned Syrian aircraft in 1985, when Israeli fighters on a surveillance mission over Lebanon destroyed two Syrian MiG-23s that approached them.

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