Syria claims to have shot down an Israeli drone and plane

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office

Last night the Israeli Air Force attacked targets in Syria after mortars landed in the Golan Heights. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) bombed cannons belonging to the regime in the Syrian Golan Heights. “The IDF sees the Syrian regime as responsible for everything that goes on in their territory and won’t tolerate any attempt to harm Israel’s sovereignty.”

This morning, the Syrian SANA News Agency reported that an Israeli plane was shot down near Quneitra shortly after the Israeli attack upon Syria following mortar fire landing in Israel. It was also reported that a drone was shot down within Syria territory. Israel denied the report and said that the aircraft was not damaged.

The incident was the fifth case since last week in which fighting in Syria has spilled over into Israel, and the first since a U.S.-Russian brokered truce went into effect at sunset on Monday to try and end Syria’s war, now in its sixth year.

Israel has largely remained on the sidelines of the fighting, but has carried out reprisals on Syrian positions when errant fire previously landed in Israel.

Shortly after the air raid, Syria’s armed forces claimed to have shot down an Israeli warplane and an unmanned drone along the frontier between the countries.

The Israeli military quickly denied the report, saying that a pair of surface-to-air missiles were fired at its aircraft but missed. “At no point was the safety of IDF aircraft compromised,” it said.

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