A Russian MiG-29 such as those used by the Syrian air force. Illustrative (Photo credit: CC-BY-SA Krasimir Grozev/Wikimedia Commons)
The IDF shot down a Syrian fighter plane over the Israeli Golan Heights Tuesday using a Patriot missile, the army said.
The army said the plane had infiltrated Israeli airspace before it was shot down.
The plane was reported to have been a Russian-made MiG-21 fighter jet.
Syrian media confirmed the plane was hit and downed near Quneitra, near the Israel-Syria border, according to Israel’s Channel 2.
Unconfirmed photos uploaded to Twitter by a Syrian opposition group claimed to show the downing of the aircraft near the border with Israel.
The army shot down an unmanned Syrian aircraft August 31 as it flew near Quneitra, the Syrian town that has been the stage for fighting between rebels and regime forces for the past month.
Shells from Syria have landed sporadically on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights for the past several weeks as Syrian regime forces and rebel factions battle for the Quneitra crossing, with the rebels reportedly gaining control of almost the entire Syrian border with Israel.
Meanwhile, UN peacekeepers have largely evacuated their Syrian position, moving most of their equipment and personnel from Camp Faouar, their main headquarters in Syria, to Israel.