Syrian Fighter Jet Downed by Israel over Western Dara’a

Fars News — July 24, 2018

A Syrian Air Force Sukhoi fighter jet was shot down by the Israeli Air Defense Units as it was targeting terrorist groups in South-West Syria on Tuesday, the state news agency confirmed in a report, but it also refuted Israeli Army claims that the warplane had crossed the border into the Israeli-occupied Golan.

SANA reported that the Syrian Sukhoi was shot down by Israeli Air Defense while flying over terrorists-held regions in Southern Dara’a, refuting Israeli Army Spokesman Avichay Adraee’s claims that the Syrian warplane had entered 2km deep into the occupied Golan that is now under the Israeli army’s control.

“The Israeli enemy reaffirmed its backup for terrorist groups and downed out fighter jet that was pounding terrorists’ positions and movements in Saida region near Wadi al-Yarmoiuk inside the Syrian airspace,” SANA further quoted a military source as reporting.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) claimed in a statement earlier today that it has fired interceptor missiles at a Syrian Sukhoi warplane, adding that the aircraft had penetrated Israeli-controlled airspace.

“Two Patriot missiles were launched at a Sukhoi fighter plane. The plane was under (Israeli) surveillance, it penetrated about two kilometers into Israeli territory and was intercepted,” the Israel Defense Forces wrote on Twitter.

Israeli Army Radio stated that the plane was shot down over the Golan Heights, but may have crashed on the Syrian territories.