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Syrian army shoots down Israeli warplanes, Israel denies claims

Syria has accused the Israeli forces of aiding armed terrorist groups in the region. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Jerusalem, Israel Sep 13, 2016, 09.21 AM (IST)
Tensions run high between Syria and Israel after the Syrian military claimed its air defences shot down two Israeli warplanes, including a drone early Tuesday. 

The Syrian army statement said they had blocked an attack from the Israeli aircraft in the southern province of Quneitra. 

The army defended its action saying it was in response to an attack by Israel on government-held position in the country's south. 

But Israel's army denied the reports. The military spokesperson said there is nothing true about the Syrian claims.

"At no point was the safety of (Israeli) aircraft compromised. Nothing true about what they claim," military spokesman Arye Shalicar said.

The Israeli military earlier reported stray fire from fighting among factions in Syria struck Golan Heights on Monday. 

Israel said the projectile was most likely unintentional, but it was the fourth such incident in nine days. 

The military then launched targeted attacks in Syria on Tuesday. Israel has retaliated similarly in the past when there has been an overspill of fire into the territory. 

Syria has also accused the Israeli forces of aiding armed terrorist groups in the region. 

Golan Heights is a strategic region captured by Israel from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war. It was annexed in 1981 but the move it yet to be internationally recognised. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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