Syria shoots down Israeli jet

Syria shoots down Israeli jet

Moreover, the Syrian army has repeatedly seized huge quantities of Israeli-made weapons and advanced military equipment from the foreign-backed militants inside Syria.

As Reuters further adds, after Israeli Air Force planes struck several targets in Syria on Thursday night, Damascus retaliated by activating its air defense systems and firing a number of missiles at Israeli jets, according to Haaretz.

Russian Federation summoned its ambassador to Israel for clarifications following Israeli airstrikes in Syria.

Tel Aviv Syria tried to shoot down a squadron of Israeli warplanes that had carried out an airstrike near the desert city of Palmyra, in the most serious confrontation between the two countries for several years.

Regarding the strikes, Israeli authorities previously said they were targeting positions of Lebanon's Hezbollah group inside Syria.

A military spokesperson said in a statement that one anti-aircraft missile was intercepted by its Arrow anti-missile system.

What is known of this unusual story is this: Israel's Super Green Pine radar - part of the joint U.S. -Israel Arrow weapon system - detected a threat and launched an Arrow 2 interceptor against its first operational target. At least one of the missiles crossed the Israeli border, setting off air-raid sirens in Galilee before it was shot down by a missile-defence system. The group is sworn to Israel's destruction, and fired thousands of rockets into Israel during a monthlong war in 2006.

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"This flagrant attack comes to show the Zionist enemy's support to the terrorists gangs of the Islamic State, and a desperate attempt to lift their collapsed morale", the statement contended.

Israeli officials say they will never return the territory to Syria.

"Our policy is very consistent", Netanyahu said.

The Israeli military said its planes were already back in Israeli airspace when the SAMs were fired.

A few years into the war, Hezbollah joined forces with Assad, sending thousands of its fighters to reinforce Syrian troops.

In April 2016, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted for the first time that Israel had attacked dozens of convoys transporting weapons in Syria destined for Hezbollah.

A Jordanian military source said shrapnel from one missile fell in the north of the kingdom without causing any casualties.