Video shows Syrian Su-24 Fencer shot down by Israeli Patriot

A Syrian Su-24 Fencer was shot down by a Patriot surface-to-air missile over Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

On Sept. 23, a Syrian Su-24 Fencer attack plane was shot down by an Israeli Patriot SAM (surface-to-air missile) battery after it penetrated the airspace over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights at around 08.57 AM LT and then penetrated the Israeli-controlled airspace.

The plane violated the Israeli-controlled airspace by only 800 meters, at an altitude between 10,000 and 14,000 feet, and was shot down in 1 minute and 20 seconds after the decision to shoot it down was finalised.

Borth crew members successfully ejected from the Fencer.

The following video shows the wreckage of the plane falling down after being hit and then the parachutes of the two pilots.

Although the Israeli Air Force has shot down remotely piloted vehicles in the past (a drone was downed by a SAM battery in August), this is the first time a Syrian plane is shot down while infiltrating the Israeli airspace since the beginning of the Syrian Uprising.

H/T for the heads-up


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    • You’re 100% right! the aircraft was shot down trying to bomb the syrian rebels hiding in golan heights and protected by IDF.

    • When you win money at a casino, it becomes your money not the casino’s. Likewise, when a country beats another country in a war and takes over its land, then that land becomes the victor’s land. It might not be politically correct but I believe in the saying, “to the victor go the spoils.”

    • Israel does not tolerate any airspace violations from any side.
      It definitely does not support ISIS as well, they just need to keep the fight at their side.

  1. there is no difference between the golan heights, and territorial changes after other wars, e.g. wwii. since i’m almost sure you are not calling kaliningrad or the southern kuril islands occupied, and you would never consider the post wwii border partition in eastern and central europe an occupation, you turn to be an anti israeli hypocrite. what a pity.

  2. People here forget that as bad and violante ISIS are, Assad is still the real butcher in Syria, killing ten folds more innocent civilians then ISIS.

    Having said that, I think that Israel do not take sides in this conflict, and would have done the same if ISIS was operating war planes.

    On the contrary, Israel treats injured casualties who reach or cross the border in the Golan Hights, and hospitalize them in different hospitals inside Israel.

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