(Damascus): Syrian state television said the Syrian army shot down an Israeli fighter jet and drone Tuesday morning, a claim swiftly denied by the IDF.
The statement from the Syrian army said the one aircraft was downed over the skies of the Syrian town of Quneitra, near the Israeli side of the Golan Heights, and another was shot down closer to Damascus.
“Our air defenses blocked the attack and shot down the military aircraft in (the southern province of) Quneitra and a drone” in the province of Damascus, said the statement carried by state news agency SANA.
The IDF in a statement confirmed it had been shot at, but said aircraft used to target Syrian positions overnight were safe.
“Two surface -to-air missiles were launched from Syria after the mission overnight to target Syrian artillery positions,” an IDF statement said. “At no point was the safety of IDF aircraft compromised.”
Earlier Tuesday morning Israel’s army said it struck artillery positions belonging to the Syrian regime from the air, in response to mortar fire to strike the Golan Heights Monday.