Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet in Israeli airspace

Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet in Israeli airspace

The Separation of Forces Agreement requires Syria to acknowledge a demilitarized zone between the two nations.

"I appreciated the words that were spoken by President Putin together with President Trump regarding the security of Israel during the recent summit", Netanyahu said.

The plane, either a Sukhoi 22 or 24, crashed on the Syrian side of the fence in the Golan Heights and it was unclear what happened to the pilot or pilots, Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told journalists.

Syrian state media said Israel attacked "one of our war planes, which are leveling [terrorist] encampments in the Saida region on the outskirts of the Yarmouk Basin, in Syrian airspace". The pilot identified Colonel Umran Mare of Tartous was confirmed to have been killed.

Haaretz news website reports residents in north Israel saw interceptor missiles fired and heard explosions.

This marked only the second time that Israel has downed a Syrian plane in more than three decades. "From our perspective, this event has finished", he said. "However we of course remain on high alert".

Israeli soldiers look out towards Syria from an observation next to the Syrian border on July 23, 2018 in the Golan Hights.

Israel said there had been a notable increase in activity by the Syrian military in the area on Tuesday, especially the Syrian air force, as a result of ongoing internal fighting in the war-torn country.

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Gandapur's party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, condemned the attack, but campaigning continued ahead of Wednesday's polls. Respondents listed top two election issues as access to clean water and gas for cooking, each at 17 percent.

The conflict was reportedly the first time Israel had directly targeted the Iranian military and the first time Syria and Israel had engaged one another in combat since the 1980s. "We will not accept any such penetration, or spillover into, our territory, neither on the ground nor in the air".

That concern was the subject of talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during his visit to Israel on Monday.

Israel is concerned about Iranian-backed forces in Syria.

The Russian Defense Ministry later said that it's ready to step up cooperation with the US military in Syria.

It has also pledged to prevent its arch-enemy Iran from entrenching itself militarily in the neighbouring country.

Iranian forces used the base, which housed a command center for Iran's drone operations inside Syria.

"In Tel Aviv they are aware that the situation that was before the civil war is different from what will be after".

Speaking at the United Nations in NY on Tuesday, Danny Danon, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, said: "Israel will not allow any violation of our sovereignty".

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