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Israeli Military Accidentally Fires at Civilian Aircraft on Syria Border

© AP Photo / Ariel SchalitOct. 11, 2018, an Israeli flag in front of the village of Majdal Shams in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Syria slammed President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, saying Friday March 22, 2019, the statement was "irresponsible" and a threat to international peace and stability
Oct. 11, 2018, an Israeli flag in front of the village of Majdal Shams in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Syria slammed President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, saying Friday March 22, 2019, the statement was irresponsible and a threat to international peace and stability - Sputnik International
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TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - The Israel Defence Forces said on Wednesday that their troops in the occupied Golan Heights accidentally fired at a civilian aircraft after mistaking it for a trespassing Syrian plane.

"It appeared to pose a real threat and was fired at," the military said in a statement, without specifying the type of the aircraft.

The military called it a "serious incident" and promised that the lesson would be learned.

Israeli media published conflicting reports on which aircraft it was. The Times of Israel identified it as a crop-duster, while the Yedioth Ahronoth daily said it was doing aerial photography.

The plane was reportedly hit by bullets but no one was hurt. The pilot was cited as saying he thought it was a bird strike before noticing a drop in fuel pressure.

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