Israel has shot down a Syrian warplane which was in its airspace, Israeli military says.

Israeli defense forces have confirmed two surface-to-air missiles were fired at the Sukhoi fighter jet.

According to Israeli reports, it happened over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the pilot was killed. A military source says the plane was conducting raids against “armed terrorist groups” near the southern Yarmouk Valley.

Syria describes the rebel groups as terrorists often.

“The IDF monitored the advance of the fighter jet, which infiltrated about two kilometres (1.25 miles) into Israeli airspace. It was then intercepted by the Patriot missiles.”

It is the first time Israel has shot down a manned Syrian aircraft since 2014.

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