Israel shoots down Syrian regime jet over Golan Heights

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The Israeli government said it acted after the jet entered Israeli airspace. "If it's 100km from the border or 120, it makes no difference for us", said Tzachi Hanegbi, Israel's Minister for Regional Cooperation.

"We seek no escalation in the region", he added.

"You will not have to wait long for a response, but we'll get there in a few steps, firstly we need to finish all the ongoing military operations in the country".

Danon stressed that "Israel will not tolerate any violation of our sovereignty - not from Syria, not from Gaza, not from any other enemy that threatens our security".

"We will not accept any intrusion or spillage into our territory, either from the ground or from the air".

Unconfirmed reports say that one member of the aircrew was killed. He said it was unknown if the plane deliberately crossed into Israel nor what happened to its pilot.

An AFP correspondent said flames and smoke could be seen rising from the area of the fence between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The photos, published by the group's Amaq propaganda arm and circulated over social media networks, show the charred wreckage of what the jihadists claim to be the Syrian "Sukhoi" fighter shot down by two Israeli Patriot missiles on Tuesday afternoon.

Israeli military forces have targeted a Syrian Air Force fighter jet over the Golan Heights as it was flying in Syria's airspace and conducting a series of airstrikes against the positions of foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants in the occupied territories.

It is only the second such incident along the border in 30 years.

In an interview with i24NEWS following the incident, retired IDF Major General Noam Tibon, former head of the army's Northern Command, said he believed the incident was indeed a mistake by the Syrian air force. "The IDF is on the alert and in a state of high readiness and will continue to take action against violations of the 1974 Separation of Forces agreement".

"It was shot down and it crashed...most likely in the southern part of the Syrian Golan Heights", Israeli military spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus said. A United Nations observer post could be seen just on the other side of the fence.

But with President Assad's men closing in on jihadist groups on the Syrian side of the zone - and pictured reportedly hundreds of metres from an Israeli observation post - Israel has been ratcheting up its rhetoric.

The area taken from Islamic State fighters is located near the Golan Heights.

The United States and Russian Federation back opposing sides in Syria's more-than-seven-year-long civil war, but last week in Helsinki Trump and Putin outlined broad plans for increased cooperation between their two countries on worldwide security matters.

The strikes have led to condemnation from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, but Israel has maintained good relations with Russian Federation and has coordinated its actions in Syria with Moscow.

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