IDF Patriot Missiles Shoots Down Syrian Sukhoi Warplane Over Israel

The Sukhoi T-50 fifth generation test aircraft. (Illustration photo)

Photo Credit: Maxim Maksimov via Wikimedia

At 1:42 PM on Tuesday, the rocket alert went off along Israel’s northern border with Syria. Two Patriot missiles were fired at the target which had been tracked crossing into Israel.

The IDF released a statement that a Syrian Sukhoi warplane crossed over into Israel, flying two kilometers within Israeli territory. The plane took off from the T4 airbase. The IDF believes it was an SU-22 or SU-24. Syrian sources say it was an SU-22.

The Patriot missiles targeted the warplane and took the plane down. The plane crashed in Syrian territory.

The IDF added a statement, “The IDF is on high alert and very prepared, and will continue acting against violations of the 1974 Separation of Forces agreement.”

News outlets connected to the Syrian rebels report that a Syrian warplane went down in the Yarmouk basin in southern Syria. Local Syrians report that the pilot, a colonel, ejected in ISIS-held territory.

Syria confirms that Israel shot down a Sukhoi-22.

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