IDF shoots down Syrian fighter jet that infiltrated into Israel
Two Patriot missiles were 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 Patriot missiles.
Since this morning, there has been an increase in the internal fighting in Syria and the Syrian Air Force’s activity. The IDF is in high alert and will continue to operate against the violation of the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement.
This is the second time since the war in Syria has begun in 2011 that the IDF shot down a Syrian fighter jet. The first time was in 2014.
The plane apparently crashed inside Syria, with Sky News Arabic reporting it went down in the Yarmouk area.
According to the IDF, the Syrian fighter jet—a Sukhoi Su-24 or an Su-22—took off from the T4 base, which is being used by Iranian forces in Syria and was attacked by Israel several times in the past, and “was advancing towards Israel at great speed.”
The IDF also said it was in contact with the Russians during the incident.
Sirens sounded in northern Israel in the Golan and Emek HaYarden regional councils and the city of Katzrin.
Reports of two Patriot missiles launched from Tzfat.
Yesterday, Israel launched its newest air defense system as a precaution against rockets fired in internal fight in Syria, setting off sirens in northern Israeli communities.