Syria confirms Israel shot down Syrian warplane

September 23, 2014 10:48

BEIRUT - Syria said on Tuesday Israel had shot down a Syrian warplane in what it described as an act of aggression, confirming the first such incident in three decades.

Israel's military said earlier it had shot down a Russian-made Sukhoi jet over the Golan Heights - in recent weeks the scene of fierce clashes between the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and President Bashar Assad's forces.Syrian state TV quoted a military source saying the downing of the plane, which coincided with US-led air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, came "in the framework of (Israel's) support for the terrorist (Islamic State) and the Nusra Front".

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