World Bulletin/News Desk
Israel's military said it shot down a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights on Tuesday, in the first such incident in three decades.
"It was a Russian-made Sukhoi," a military spokesman said.
Israeli military sources said the plane apparently crossed by accident into Israeli-controlled airspace over the Golan Heights - where fighting from Syria's civil war has spilled over occasionally - and was not on a mission to attack Israeli targets.
The aircraft was intercepted by a U.S.-manufactured Patriot missile, the spokesman said.
Israel Radio said the warplane was apparently carrying out a mission against Syrian rebels battling the forces of President Bashar al-Assad. Israel's military said it shot down a Syrian drone over the Golan Heights on Aug. 31.
Syrian state TV quoted a military source saying the downing of the plane, which coincided with U.S.-led air strikes, came "in the framework of (Israel's) support for the terrorist (ISIL) and the Nusra Front".
Israel last downed a manned Syrian aircraft in 1985, when Israeli fighters on a surveillance mission over Lebanon destroyed two Syrian MiG-23s that approached them.Last Mod: 23 Eylül 2014, 10:57