TEHRAN (FNA)- One of the most advanced fighter jets worldwide used by the Israeli Air Force to attack Syria was shot down by an old Soviet-made S-200 ground-to-air missile, a Russian media outlet reported on Sunday.
The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted the website of Aviation Analysis Wing as reporting that the Syrian air defense units targeted the modern Israeli F16 fighter jet by a S-200 missile defense system designed in soviet era in the 1960s.
The Israeli Air Force’s F16 is a forth generation fighter jet equipped with modern electronic system.
Field sources in Damascus province said on Saturday that the Syrian Army’s air defense units confronted the third wave of Israeli air raids in the Western part of Damascus province.
The sources said that air defense units repelled the third round of Israeli airstrikes on army positions in al-Dimas region, tracking and destroying the Israeli air-to-surface missile before hitting the target on the ground.
In the meantime, the AMN reported that the Israeli Air Force fired several missiles at a number of military points near the occupied Golan in Western Ghouta, adding that the Syrian forces tracked two of the fired missiles.
Meantime, the Israelis claim that they halted the raids. “Our operation has been terminated,” spokesman for the Israeli army announced a few minutes ago.
Also, Israeli media reported that Tel Aviv called on Washington and Moscow to meddle and take control over the situation.
The Syria’s state-run SANA said that a situation of fear and anxiety covered the Northern part of occupied Palestine.
SANA reported on Saturday that the Syrian air defense units confronted the second raid of Israeli fighter jets in Damascus province airspace.
The news agency further quoted a military source as saying that the air defense units repelled the Israeli jet’s fresh attack on army positions in the Southern part of the country.
Israel’s Channel 2 also reported that the Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv had temporarily halted air traffic.
The Syrian military had hit at least one Israeli F-16 aircraft that attacked positions inside Syrian territory, sending it down in flames and smoke.
Over the past years, Israel has frequently attacked targets in Syria, often claiming that it hit positions or convoys belonging to Iran. This is while Iran has no military presence in Syrian territory, only offering advisory military assistance to the Syrian government fighting an all-out foreign-sponsored militancy.
Damascus stressed on Thursday that the repeated Israeli attacks on Syria are a continuation of Israel’s aggressive approach represented by supporting terrorist groups to prolong the crisis in Syria and to raise the morale of the terrorists.
In a letter sent to the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council, Syria’s Foreign Ministry stressed that the continuation of Israel’s attacks only serves to support terrorist groups and to prolong the crisis in Syria.
“The government of the Syrian Arab Republic reiterates its warning to Israel on the serious repercussions of its attacks on Syria, its continued support for armed terrorist organizations, and its continued occupation of the Arab territories, including the occupied Syrian Golan, and it holds Israel fully responsible for that,” it said.
It further went on to condemn the Tel Aviv regime’s latest attack in which Israeli aircraft launched missiles from the Lebanese airspace on an area in Damascus countryside.
The letter noted that the attack coincides with “the launching of more than 1,000 rockets and mortar rounds during the past few days on neighborhoods, suburbs, diplomatic missions, service facilities, and churches in Damascus and other cities, where dozens of civilians were killed and hundreds others were wounded, most of them women and children.”
The letter concluded by calling on the UN and the Security Council to condemn such actions and to take firm and immediate measures to halt those attacks.