The IDF say aircraft did not fall in Israeli territory but did enter Israel’s airspace before interception.
Ahiya Raved, YNET
Published: 09.23.14, 10:02 / Israel News
“A jet was successfully intercepted by our aerial defense system along the Syrian border,” the IDF said in a statement.
A senior military source added that “the discovery, identification and interception was quickly and professionally executed and the IAF stood its guard. The interception was done with a surface to air Patriot missile.”
A patriot missile was fired in the Golan Tuesday morning, shooting down a suspicious aircraft that infiltrated Israel’s airspace from Syria. It was initially unclear if the aircraft was an UAV. The IDF said the aircraft did not fall in Israeli territory but did enter Israel’s airspace.
“Moments ago a Syrian aircraft infiltrated Israeli airspace. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) intercepted the aircraft in mid-flight, using the Patriot air defence system. The circumstances of the incident are being reviewed,” a IDF statement said.
The aircraft was shot down over the Golan Heights, where fighting from Syria’s civil war has occasionally spilled over. The IDF currently think the jet was en route to attacking rebel targets near the border with Israel when it entered Israeli airspace.