Israel: IDF Attempted to Contact Pilot Multiple Times Before Downing Syrian Warplane

Trails of Patriot missiles are seen in the sky in northern Israel Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet it said had breached its airspace on Tuesday while advancing Syrian government forces retaking territory from rebels reached the Golan Heights frontier for the first time in …
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The Times of Israel reports: Israel’s ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said Tuesday that Israel tried to contact the pilot of a Syrian jet before shooting down his plane after it entered Israeli airspace.

Addressing the Security Council’s monthly meeting on the Middle East, Danon said the IDF observed the plane “crossing the border…. We tried to contact a few times, and there was no response.”

Israel said it shot down the Sukhoi-model jet with a pair of Patriot missiles after it breached some two kilometers inside Israel territory in the Golan Heights.

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