BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The Syrian military has confirmed that one of their fighter jets was downed near the border of the occupied Golan Heights.
According to the Syrian military, their jet was bombing the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) at the northwestern corridor of the Yarmouk Basin region, when the aircraft mistakenly crossed over into the occupied territory.
The Israeli air defense then fired two Patriot missiles at the Su-24 fighter jet, forcing it to go down along the border.
The fate of the pilot is still unknown; however, a source from the National Defense Forces (NDF) said they believe he ejected in the areas controlled by the Islamic State.
This is the first time since 2014 that the Israeli military has downed a Syrian jet near the border of the occupied Golan Heights.