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    Syrian Air Defense Shoots Down Intruder Israeli Warplane, Hits Another One

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    The Syrian air defense shot down an Israeli warplane and hit another one after four aircraft had breached the war-torn country's airspace and attacked government troops near Palmyra, the Syrian Army said on Friday.

    "Our anti-aircraft systems reacted and shot down one of the planes in the occupied territories. Another plane was also hit, the rest flew away," the army command said in a statement obtained by Sputnik.

    The Syrian Army claimed the Israeli Air Force had targeted government troops near Palmyra.

    Earlier in the day, the Israeli military told Sputnik that its combat planes were targeted by missiles after they had attacked targets in Syria. However, the incident allegedly did not result in any damages or casualties on the Israeli side, according to the source.

    According to Israeli Channel 10, Israeli planes were targeted by the Syrian government forces using S-200 surface-to-air missile systems, also known as SA-5.

    After the statement by the Syrian Army, Israeli military reiterated that that none of its planes had been damaged.

    Last month, it was reported that Israeli military aircraft conducted an airstrike on the Syrian government forces stationed in the western countryside of Damascus near the Lebanese border.

    In January, Israel bombed a military airport near Damacus. A Syrian official told Sputnik that it was done "to encourage and support terrorists". Damascus vowed repercussions.

    In December, Syria allegedly downed an Israeli warplane and an unmanned aerial vehicle over the southwestern province of Quneitra. The IDF denied these claims.

    In November, the IDF said a missile believed to be launched from Syria, hit the Israeli-controlled Northern Golan Heights without resulting in any casualties. The IDF responded with retaliatory fire.

    The civil war in Syria has been lasting for around six years with government troops fighting against numerous opposition factions and terror organizations such as al-Nusra Front and Daesh, outlawed in Russia.

    The nationwide Syrian ceasefire regime was introduced on December 30, 2016. Terrorist organizations are not part of the ceasefire.


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    • Mikhas
      Syria has new S-300's and Putin admitted as much but it's S-200's has also, as Sputnik reported earlier, been upgraded to S-300.

      It's also true that the squatters in occupied Palestine never admit losses if not for domestic "we are invincible" myth purposes. This Zionazi attack was expected after "israeli" PM NuttyYahoo's/Mileikovsky's humiliating visit to Moscow, since he needed something-anything, to wipe the eggs off his non-semitic, Polish face.

      If confirmed that the attack was performed by Zionazi jets within Syrian airspace and not from Lebanon (as usual), it shows that "israel" is getting increasingly desperate.

      Well Done Syria!!! (and Russia)
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      Israel as anticipated is furious how well the Russian trained 5th legion is doing and are desperate to keep Deir Zour in Daesh hands to stop SAA marching onto Raqqa and stopping Syria from being separated and the North controlled by US/Israeli interests and a route for the pipelines.
      Israel also hyperbole over major advance on Daraa which has started.
      Hopefully 5th legion was kept safe by missiles fired interesting to know where they were fired from?
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      They will never admit so especially if a S200 shot down a F-35???
    • Hermes
      I was wrong but I am relieved that Syria and Russia are at last taking action against israeli terrorist raids.
      This will wipe the smile of their faces. Now they know what they can expect if they try again.
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      Marques rougesin reply toslimyfox(Show commentHide comment)
      slimyfox, True, apparently the situation is the same as in the cold war, when the CCCP armed the Arabs just enough to fight, but not to win !

      Then your long rant about Putin may have some truth in it but also a lot of confusion, saying he is more interested in selling weapons than helping Syria, well he won't sell much when his missiles can't down airplanes ! A picture of a crashed IAF jet would be far more effective to sell weapons !

      I think you can't win the Syrian war militarily only, as most neighboring countries are allied to the anglo/zionist alliance, ISIS, mercenaries and foreign troops can take refuge in these countries when they are losing the battle, and sneak into Syria at any time to perpetrate terrorists attacks, or even bombings with IS or coalition airplanes, and be back into protected airspace in no time...
    • avatar
      this time they haven't even denied their fighter jets were there; they were too shocked at the news that forgot how to deal with sneaky illegal operation on foreign ground
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      solinoktoin reply toAnomicDust(Show commentHide comment)
      AnomicDust, and they can't wait to lose again !--- they are not the only one who can't hardly wait / looking forward to it.
    • avatar
      Not too difficult to post a photo of the shot-down jet. Until a photo is shown, we will never know the truth.
    • avatar
      Looks like the jew supports terrrrirrists
    • avatar
      from the VERY FIRST MOMENT,
      the war against state of syria is
    • avatar
      What caused that devil to spinning his tail without provoking?
    • Drain the swamp
      the problem with these semites, both araba and jews, is that one is a baghdad bob propagandist and the other is a USS Liberty type.
    • avatar
      As the way of God surely is, time wil come when the state of Israel (SOI) will be subjected to the same experience that Syrian Arab Republic is being subjected to by SOI and its gang of international rapists but in SOI's case, there will be no succour or recovery
    • Blackie
      In the Yugoslavia NATO war, the Serb Churches got targeted, but some clever fighters simply put out microwaves jammed open to send a signal, then a NAZIO plane came in an bombed the 20 dollar microwave. Classic.
    • Blackiein reply toMikhas(Show commentHide comment)
      Russia will again hit them and hit them hard , as a reminder to stop attacking Russians.
    • FeEisi
      Russia and Israel share communication so this was done by the Syrian military. I think this is the second time Syria claims to have shot down an Israeli jet.
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      Hopefully, Israel will suffer unimaginable losses for it's war mongering!
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      Ibrahim Ahmad
      Yes, justice is winning ^_^ Justice is winning by shooting down this attack of what called israel on Syria, and justice is winning – even partially - by publishing the report of ESCWA about the real situation of this occupier called israel on Palestine and the apartheid behavior that this racist occupier called israel uses in dealing with native people on the holy Palestine.

      Isn’t something surprising that seeing Syrian defense defeats its land by shooting down the eternal enemy of Syria, Middle East, and whole world which is this criminal and illegal existent in the Middle East called israel, it’s the nature of Syrian army, and used to be the real nature of Arab’s armies in defeating this occupier before many sectors of them became succumbed to USA pressures and its dirty licker called israel..

      I hope we won’t see some jugglers around say: It’s kind of Anti Semitism procedure! Because it will be more than funny to hear or see that, actually it’ll be a kind of stupidity if not the stupidity itself..

      People around the world used to see and hear this useless reaction called Anti Semitism against whoever tries to declare and explain the truth about this criminal and murder called israel which is the racism, stealing other’s lands, increasing hate and barbarism inside Arab, Asian, African, and European nations, sponsoring this bacterial thing called ISIS/ISIL/Daesh in our region and the whole world too in the sake of recreating a new enemy replaces the eternal position of this bacterial germ called israel as an enemy in the view of logic itself instead of logical and conscious people, an enemy seeks for destroying Arab nations not just in the sake of supporting its illegal extending on their lands after stealing them even directly or by the help of other useless organizations such like United Nation, but to control world’s sources and lead their benefits to nowhere except the pockets of a bunch of hidden bats whom take effort to replace this eternal enemy called israel with another enemy talks and works in the name of sects, beliefs, and ethnical backgrounds of people especially in the Middle East.

      Now, I hope that we won’t see or hear another stupid says: It’s kind of Anti Semitism. People - especially in the Middle East - used to take what called Anti Semitism due to their criticism toward the criminal acts of this thing called israel on their lives and lands as a silly reaction, because Arabs and many nations around the world are expected Semitics even historically or based on religious considerations, even though they faced attack, murdering, and discrimination by this illegal existent called israel at their area while the United Nations and its related organizations used to support this illegal existent called israel in its crimes, and now I think it’s really disgusting to see or hear another juggler expects that defeating Syrian land by Syrian army or any other army defeats its land against attack is type of Anti Semitism!

      Anyway, that’s why United Nations became a useless and untrustworthy organization in recovering rights of others, and it may be a good reason for whom studying laws and international laws to find another field to study it away of international laws..

      To me, it wasn’t the dirty and poor environment in studying laws was the main reason to got over studying laws, it’s simply the huge differences between what you read them in the books and manuals of laws and what you figure out them in the real. It’s really incomparable..
    • John Twining
      Not sure what's going on here exactly but it seems it has something to do with the IDF's war with Hamas. But IDF has no authority to fly into Syria no matter what the mission is, and so perhaps a few more Israeli jets shot down in Syrian sovereign airspace will make the point more clear.
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