Syrian army claims it shot down Israeli warplane

Published March 17th, 2017 - 09:24 GMT
Smoke billows following reported air strikes on a rebel-held area in the southern city of Daraa, on March 16, 2017. (AFP/Mohamad Abazeed)
Smoke billows following reported air strikes on a rebel-held area in the southern city of Daraa, on March 16, 2017. (AFP/Mohamad Abazeed)

The Syrian army says four Israeli jets breached the Arab country’s airspace on Friday morning, adding its air defense shot down one of the aircraft and hit another. 

Israeli warplanes "penetrated our airspace at 2:40 am (0040 GMT) via Lebanese territory and hit a military target on the way to Palmyra," said an army statement carried by state news agency SANA.

"Our air defense engaged them and shot down one warplane over occupied territory, hit another one, and forced the rest to flee," the army said, apparently referring to the Golan Heights.  

The Syrian army also slammed Tel Aviv’s strikes as “an act of aggression."

Earlier on Friday, the Israeli military said its warplanes bombed several targets in Syria. Several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria following the mission.

The Syrian air force, it said, fired numerous anti-aircraft missiles at the warplanes and the Israeli air force “intercepted one of the missiles.” The Israeli military later said in a separate statement that its aircraft were unharmed in the operation. 

The explosion caused by the incident set off sirens in the Jordan Valley of the West Bank and the blast was heard as far as the Jerusalem al-Quds, according to the Israeli military statement.

Israel and Syria are technically at war due to Tel Aviv’s continued occupation of the latter’s Golan Heights since 1967. 

The Israeli military has carried out air raids against Syrian-based targets on several occasions.

Some of the attacks have reportedly struck targets belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, which have been operating in Syria to assist the Assad government.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material. 


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