Israel Shoots Down Syrian Fighter Jet
IDF says two Patriot missiles fired at Russian-made Syrian Air Force jet that penetrated deep into Israel
For the second day in a row, air raid sirens were heard over northern Israel and a pair of Patriot interceptor missiles were fired. Only, this time it wasn't a false alarm.
Monday's incident was triggered by fighting inside Syria that somehow triggered Israel's air defense systems. There was no direct threat to Israel.
But on Tuesday, Israeli military officials say a Syrian fighter jet penetrated two kilometers into Israeli airspace before being downed by Patriot missiles.
"Two Patriot missiles were fired at a Syrian Sukhoi-model fighter jet," read an IDF statement. The plane crashed inside Syria.
It was later speculated that the IDF allowed the Syrian jet to penetrate so deeply due to initial concern that it was a Russian Air Force jet.
Syrian media claimed that the jet never entered Israeli airspace, and that it's being shot down was a criminal act on Israel's part.
The regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has long accused Israel of aiding "terrorist" elements inside the country. Which is ironic, given that the Syrian government has for decades provided shelter and logistical support to Palestinian terror groups that regular carry out attacks inside Israel.