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Israel shoots down Syrian warplane near Golan Heights

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said it shot down a Syrian warplane that entered its airspace and that the jet crashed on the Syrian-held side of the

The Israeli said in a statement that two Patriot missiles were launched at a Syrian fighter jet, which it said had flown about 2 kilometres into skies above Israel, the reported.

"It was shot down and it crashed," Israeli told reporters. "We do not have any information so far about the pilots. I do not know of any reports of parachutes being spotted and we do not know if any pilots have been retrieved."

Syrian news agency said had targeted one of its jets over Syrian airspace, but did not say it was hit.

The agency quoted a source as saying the plane was conducting raids against "armed terrorist groups" near the southern

Israel's news website said residents in saw interceptor missiles fired and heard explosions.

The said that the plane was Syrian, not Russian. "The only thing we know about the aircraft is that it crashed, most likely in the southern part of the Syrian Golan Heights," he said.

The said they were on "high alert" following "an increase in the internal fighting in Syria" and greater activity by in the region.

Israel captured the from in 1967 and still occupies the area. The UN deployed a peacekeeping between the two sides in 1974.

Syrian forces have been battling rebels and Islamic State militants at the frontier with Israel in recent weeks. Tuesday marked the first time government forces reached the border fence with the at the edge of the Israeli-occupied



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First Published: Tue, July 24 2018. 19:32 IST