Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet it mentioned had breached its airspace on Tuesday, as Syrian forces reached the Golan Heights frontier for the primary time in seven years.

The Israeli navy mentioned it monitored the advance of the Syrian Sukhoi fighter jet and shot it down with a pair of Patriot missiles after it penetrated Israeli airspace by about two kilometres.

Syrian forces have been battling rebels and militants with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on the frontier with Israel in latest weeks.

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Tuesday marked the primary time authorities forces reached the border fence with the UN’s Disengagement Observer Drive on the fringe of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

It was the primary time Israel shot down a Syrian jet in 4 years.

Israel’s navy mentioned there had been a rise in inner preventing in Syria for the reason that morning hours, together with intensified exercise by the Syrian Air Drive.

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Minutes earlier than the airplane was shot down, Syria’s state-run Al-Ikhbariya TV was broadcasting footage from the fence demarcating the UN buffer zone between Syrian and Israeli forces contained in the Golan Heights. A UN observer put up may very well be seen simply on the opposite aspect of the fence.

Israeli youngsters look out over the Israeli-Syrian border following an explosion on the Syrian aspect on Monday. (Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)

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The digicam confirmed an Israeli put up 400 metres away.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967. The UN deployed a peacekeeping drive between the 2 sides in 1974.

It’s the first time authorities forces have taken up positions alongside the frontier since an rebellion towards Syrian President Bashar al-Assad swept via the nation in 2011. ISIS later seized territory from rebels alongside the frontier area.

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