News ID: 168637
Published: 0715 GMT September 13, 2016
Syria shoots down jet, drone

Israeli aircraft attack Syrian army position

Israeli aircraft attack Syrian army position

Israel said its aircraft attacked two Syrian army cannons in the Golan Heights early on Tuesday.

Syria's army command said in a statement that Israeli warplanes had attacked an army position at 1 a.m. on Tuesday (2200 GMT, Monday) in the countryside of Quneitra Province, AFP reported.

It was the fifth such attack in just over a week.

Israeli military aircraft on Saturday carried out a number of airstrikes against Tal Ahmar area of Quneitra, situated some 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the capital, Damascus. The Arab country has been gripped by foreign-backed terrorism since March 2011.

Israel seized parts of the Golan Heights from Syria after the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move that has never been recognized by the international community.

Jet, drone shot down


The Syrian Army said it had shot down an Israeli warplane and a drone inside Syria after the Israeli attack.

Syria’s official SANA news agency cited the Syrian military as saying that the intruding aircraft had been detected and targeted by the country’s air defense system while they were striking Syrian military positions. The warplane, it said, was downed in western Quneitra and the drone in an area called Sa’sa’ and located on the Damascus Reef.

Denying any of its aircraft had been lost, the Israeli military said in a statement: "Overnight two surface-to-air missiles were launched from Syria after the mission to target Syrian artillery positions. At no point was the safety of (Israeli) aircraft compromised."

Soon after the report, the Israeli military denied that any of its aircraft had been shot down in Syria, claiming that two missiles were fired at them during the airstrike on Quneitra but missed.


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