Jets scramble towards Syrian aircraft

September 21, 2007 08:25

Plane vanishes from radar, crashes in Syrian territory; earlier; IAF pilots headed towards Golan.

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Jets scramble towards Syrian aircraft

idf golan drill 224.88. (photo credit: AP)

IAF fighter jets were alerted to the northern border with Syria on Saturday after a Syrian military jet, being tracked by Israel, disappeared from military radar systems. A short time later, the IAF discovered that the Syrian jet had crashed in Syrian territory. The IAF jets returned to their bases and the level of alert was lowered. On Friday, the IDF raised the level of alert along Israel's northern border out of concern that Syria will attempt to retaliate for an alleged IAF attack within its borders on September 6. During the Yom Kippur fast, the army also declared a closure on the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. In Gaza, IDF forces attacked a cell responsible for firing mortar shells at Israel, including a round of five mortars that landed on the Israeli side of the Gaza security fence earlier Friday. Also Friday, a Kassam rocket hit the western Negev. No wounded or damage were reported as a result of either the rocket or the shelling. Overnight Thursday, IDF forces arrested a man who security forces believed had masterminded a terror attack planned for Tel Aviv this weekend. The suspect, a senior commander of Hamas and the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), was captured during an IDF operation in Nablus. Earlier on Thursday, IDF forces thwarted the suicide bombing by capturing members of the terrorist cell who were expected to carry out the attack. In Nablus, troops from the Haruv and Paratrooper reconnaissance battalions entered the Ein Bet Ilmeh refugee camp on Tuesday to hunt down the three-man cell - the bomber, the recruiter and the dispatcher. The explosives belt was not found. The operation, in which 31 fugitives were detained, had been scheduled to end by Friday, security sources said.

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