In February 2018, Syria took its turn and launched a missile at an Israeli fighter jet after an Iranian drone crossed over and into Israeli airspace.
Damascus refuted Israel's claim and said that the warplane had been carrying out operations against jihadists over Syrian territory when it was sacked on. When it became clear the two Syrian SS-22 missiles were going to land inside Syria, the David's Sling missiles were ordered to self-destruct, the Israeli military said.
For more than a week, Syrian regime forces have been on an offensive against Daesh-linked militants in southern Syria near occupied Golan Heights.
A spokesman for the Israeli military said yesterday that Israel's policy in Syria still remains one of "non-interference".
Israel sounded air defence sirens near the Syrian frontier on Tuesday and witnesses said the Israeli military launched two interceptor missiles, followed by the sound of explosions.
The incident added new fuel to weeks of tensions over the Golan, a strategic plateau between the two old enemies and where Israel has been on high alert as Syrian government forces, supported by Russian Federation, close in to regain rebel-held ground.
Following the incident, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it "a gross violation of the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement with Syria". The U.N. deployed a peacekeeping force between the two sides in 1974.
A military source told the official news agency Sana'a that the aircraft was sacked upon while bombing Islamic state positions in the Yarmuk valley of Quneitra province. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition war monitor based in Britain, reported that one pilot was killed and that the fate of the second pilot was not known. The flight of White Helmets members from Syria following an amnesty declared by Damascus proves they fear that their crimes might be further exposed, Russia's Permanent Mission to the European Union said in a statement on Wednesday.
According to a report by the Ynet news site, Russian officials protested the downing of the jet claiming that it had not breached Israeli airspace. We can not wait to see what are the real intentions of this fighter.
Israel last shot down a Syrian fighter jet in September 2014 under similar circumstances.
Numerous rescue workers from Syria "White Helmet" and also their households ran away ahead with federal government pressures and also went across Jordan throughout the boundary making use of Israeli soldiers and also Western powers, authorities stated.