The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on July 24 that it shot down a Syrian Air Force Sukhoi Su-22/24 using two Patriot missiles.
The IDF said it monitored the path of the fighter jet before it was shot down.
“The Syrian Air Force Sukhoi Su-22/24 departed from the T-4 Airbase in Syria and then flew towards Israel at a high speed. This happened after hours of increased internal fighting in Syria and increased Syrian Air Force activity,” the IDF said.
“The Syrian fighter jet fell in Syria, however there are no reports of what happened to the Syrian pilot,” it noted.
Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, Head of the International and Social Media Branch, said they issued warnings and messages through different channels, in various languages, numerous times over the day to avoid any misunderstandings or any violations of Israeli airspace.
“We have continued to deliver messages through various channels, including through the UN, UNDOF, and we will not tolerate any violation of the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement. We hold the Syrian Regime accountable for any such violations coming from the Syrian side,” Conricus said.
The IDF said the shooting on July 24 is not the first time this year that aircraft from Syria infiltrated Israeli airspace.
“On July 13th, a Syrian UAV was shot down by a Patriot missile after flying in the demilitarized zone,” it said. “Earlier this year, on February 10th, the IDF intercepted an Iranian UAV, which was launched from Syria. In response, the IDF struck several Syrian Air Force and Iranian military targets in Syria. While the IDF struck these targets, the Syrian Air Force shot several missiles and hit an Israeli Air Force F-16, severely injuring the pilot.”
The IDF said it is on high alert and will continue to fulfill its mission of defending Israeli civilians and sovereignty, and will operate against the violation of the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement.