Syrian army says it shot down Israeli jet

Syria’s army high command said in a statement on Friday Israeli jets breached Syrian air space early in the morning and attacked a military target near Palmyra in what it described as an act of aggression that aided Islamic State.

It said its air defences shot down one of the Israeli jets over what it called “occupied ground” and damaged another.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military said on none of its aircraft were damaged in an overnight operation in Syria, after the Syrian army said it had shot down an Israeli jet.

Israel confirmed earlier on Friday that anti-aircraft missiles targeted its aircraft while on a mission in Syria.

“At no point was the safety of Israeli civilians or the Israeli Air Force aircraft compromised,” an Israeli military spokesman said.

NAN reports that after Israeli Air Force planes struck several targets in Syria on Thursday night, Damascus retaliated by activating its air defence systems and firing a number of missiles at Israeli jets, according to Haaretz.

The latest incident is the third time that Israel has bombed targets in Syrian territory.

In mid-January, Israeli forces hit the Mezzeh Military Airport west of Damascus, with the facility rocked by several explosions.

On Dec. 7, the state agency SANA reported that multiple surface-to-surface missiles had been fired by the IDF from the Golan Heights.

Syrian authorities have repeatedly accused Israel of endorsing terrorism by carrying out the attacks.

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

Israel views the organisation as enemy militants.(Reuters/NAN)

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