Israel has fired interceptor missiles at a Syrian Sukhoi warplane, the IDF said in a statement, adding that the aircraft had penetrated Israeli-controlled airspace.
“Two Patriot missiles were launched at a Sukhoi fighter plane. The plane was under [Israeli] surveillance, it penetrated about two kilometers into Israeli territory and was intercepted,” the Israel Defense Forces wrote on Twitter.
Two Patriot missiles were launched at a Syrian Sukhoi fighter jet that infiltrated about 1 mile into Israeli airspace. The IDF monitored the fighter jet, which was then intercepted by the Patriot missiles. pic.twitter.com/owL4Pm7zER
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 24, 2018
Israeli Army Radio stated that the plane was shot down over the Golan Heights, but may have crashed on the Syrian-held side of the frontier, Reuters reports.
A video has appeared on Twitter, purporting to show the moment the Sukhoi jet was intercepted by Israeli missiles. RT hasn’t yet been able to verify the footage.
???? #Israel has launched 2 patriot surface-to-air missiles to intercept a Syrian fighter jet (reportedly a Sukhoi) that entered 2 kilometres inside the occupied Syrian Golan Heights’ airspace; the jet reportedly crashed inside #Syria.https://t.co/rpFoWdxYvm
— Hasan Sari (@HasanSari7) July 24, 2018