Israel denies Syrian claim its army shot down two Israeli aircraft

Israel denied a claim by Syria that its military shot down an Israeli jet and a drone on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Tuesday.

Syrian state news agency SANA reported that the alleged downings were in response to an Israeli attack on a Syrian military outpost on the outskirts of Quneitra in southern Syria. 

The Israeli military quickly rejected the claim.

It said in a statement that two surface-to-air missiles were launched overnight from Syria after Israeli planes targeted Syrian artillery positions, but that "at no point was the safety of IDF aircraft compromised," referring to the Israeli army.

Israel has avoided getting drawn into Syria's five-year war, but it has attacked Syrian military targets when rocket fire spills over into its territories.

Israel seized Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967. 

Last update: Tue, 13/09/2016 - 10:37

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