A Syrian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24 (Су-24; NATO-name Fencer) bomber was shot down on Tuesday 23 September 2014 by an Israeli Patriot advanced surface-to-air missile, a spokesperson for the Israeli Defence Forces confirmed.
According to the Israelis two-man bomber flew 875 yards (800 metres) inside the Israeli part of the Golan height, but after the hit crashed inside Syria close to the very much long destroyed city of Quneitra. The city’s remains lie in the zone patrolled by UN peacekeeping forces.
Apparently both crew ejected and parachutes were seen by people on the ground. According to the Israeli Air Force the Fencer had penetrated the Israeli Golan airspace for 1 minute and 20 seconds before the Patriot missile was launched. At that time the aircraft apparently flew at about 10,000 to 14,000 feet and was likely on a strike mission against Syrian rebel forces.
The incident today marks the first time since the war in Lebanon in the 1980 that the Israeli Defence Forces shot down a Syrian aircraft, according to Israeli media today.
Syria was quickly to react and called the Israeli actions an “act of aggression” and even accused Israel of supporting the so-called Islamic State rebels – the mighty force of about 30,000 troops that have taken control of large parts of Syria and Iraq and is currently being bombed by the United States, France and other nations.
The Israelis are not the first other Syrian neighbour to shoot down one of its aircraft. Turkish Air Force F-16s downed a Syrian MiG-23 with an AIM-120 AMRAAM or AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile (AAM) on Sunday 23 March 2014.
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