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Syria Security Officials Deny Reported Downing of Israeli War Aircraft

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Mazen Radwan - 7Dnews Syria

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 16:11 GMT

Syrian air defences shot down several targets but did not shoot down an Israeli warplane on November 29th, Russia’s RIA news agency cited an unnamed Syrian security source as saying on November 30th .  

The Israel Defence Forces spokesperson’s unit confirmed that Israel’s air defence system had identified a Syrian surface-to-air missile projectile falling in open territory in the Golan Heights after the Syrian regime claimed downing “hostile targets” in the southern part of the country on Thursday night November 29th.

“In the course of Syrian ground-to-air missile fire, (Israel’s) air defences sighted a single trajectory towards an open area of the Golan Heights,” the IDF said in a statement on Twitter.

Reports contradicted an earlier report from RIA of Syrian forces shooting down an Israeli plane as well as four missiles aimed at the town of Kiswah, south of the capital, Damascus. “Air defence intercepted hostile targets over al-Kiswah and downed them,” a military source was quoted as saying by SANA on November 30th. But the IDF stressed that all reports that an Israeli aircraft was shot down were false.

The area where the incident is said to have occurred, however, is where Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group has its communications and logistics hub for southern Syria located, near the border with Israel. 


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