Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet over Golan Heights

Israel shot down a Syrian jet fighter that entered its airspace, its military said, potentially raising tensions in a fraught border region where President Bashar al-Assad’s Russian-backed forces are battling to retake a pocket of southwest Syria.

The plane, which Israel’s military said it believes was either a Sukhoi 22 or Sukhoi 24, crossed a little more than a mile into Israeli airspace over the occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday before it was shot down, Israeli officials said. Across the border in Syria, heavy clashes continue between the Syrian government and a group affiliated with Islamic State.

It wasn’t clear if its warplane mistakenly entered Israeli airspace. A Syrian military official said the warplane was in Syrian airspace, Syrian state media reported. The official accused Israel of supporting armed terrorist groups by attacking one of the warplanes carrying out airstrikes on the Islamic State-affiliated group.

The group known as the Khaled bin Waleed army holds territory in an area known as the Yarmouk Basin, which borders on the Golan Heights in Syria.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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