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Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 16:29

Israel shoots down first Syrian warplane in 30 years

By Agencies

 Israel shoots down first Syrian warplane in 30 years
Smoke rises from the Syrian village of Jubata al-Khashab after it was bombed by a Syrian fighter jet on Sept 23, 2014, moments before the jet was shot down by the Israeli military over the Golan Heights. (AFP PHOTO/ JALAA MAREY)

JERUSALEM - 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.

The Syrian army has confirmed it, according to the official SANA news agency. The pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV said the jet's crew members have survived.

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 US-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.

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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