Jul 24, 2018 - World

Israel shoots down Syrian warplane that entered airspace, IDF says

Syrian fighter jet

A fighter jet flies over rebel-held areas of the city of Saida, some 10 kilometers east of Daraa. Photo: Mohamad Abazeed/AFP via Getty Images

The Israel Defense Forces took down a Syrian Sukhoi-model fighter jet that reportedly entered its airspace, the IDF said on Twitter.

Why it matters: The IDF said there has been a spike in the Syrian Air Force's activity along the Israeli border and that the military remains on "high alert." Per the LA Times, this is only the second incident of its kind along the Syria-Israel border in 30 years.

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