Friday, 17 March 2017

Syria claims to have shot down an Israeli jet

Syria claims to have shot down an Israeli jet
An Israeli F-15 fighter jet performs in an air show during the graduation ceremony of Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim base in the Negev desert, near the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva, on December 29, 2016.Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Syria’s army claims to have shot down an Israeli jet, which it says had attacked a military target near Palmyra.
The Syrian army high command said the jet was struck by an anti-aircraft missile after it had flown back into Israeli-controlled territory and was one of four planes which “penetrated our air space at 2.40am (12.30 GMT) via Lebanese territory”.
It added that an air defence unit hit another jet and “forced the rest to flee”.
An Israeli military spokesman denied a jet had been shot down, adding: “At no point was the safety of Israeli civilians or the IAF (Israeli Air Force) aircraft compromised.”
After a number of anti-aircraft missiles were fired from Syria, rocket sirens sounded in Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley.
One of the projectiles was intercepted north of Jerusalem by Israel’s Arrow air defence system.
A civil defence source told Reuters news agency the remains of the missile landed in a village on the outskirts of Irbid, northern Jordan, about 12 miles from the Syrian and Israeli borders.

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