Israel says ‘intercepted’ Syrian warplane that penetrated its airspace

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli military said on Tuesday that it “intercepted” a Syrian warplane that penetrated Israeli-controlled airspace.

The statement said two Patriot interceptor missiles were launched at the Sukhoi jet after it crossed 2 km (1 mile) “into Israeli territory” – a possible reference to the occupied Golan Heights on the Syrian front.

The statement did say whether the missiles hit the plane.

Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Andrew Heavens