Israel claims the plane crossed 2 kilometers into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Syria denies this -- either way it was shot down over Syrian territory
On Tuesday morning, a Syrian warplane took off from its airbase in order to carry out a combat sortie in bombarding the terror group of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Al-Yarmouk basin west of Deraa province.
While roaming the sky of Al-Qunaitra governorate, above the ISIS-controlled “Saida” hamlet, surprisingly Israel air-defense batteries fired two missiles towards the Syrian jet, that in the end resulted in downing it.
The story that was reported by the Israeli military is claiming that “the Syrian jet crossed about 1 mile into Israeli airspace”.
Nevertheless, Saida village is located inside the Syrian territories and few kilometers from the Occupied Golan Heights. However, several social media outlets said that the Colonel “Omran Mer’ei”, the pilot of the downed Sukhoi was killed.
The Syrian pilot that was flying the jet near the border of the occupied Golan Heights was reportedly killed during the crash.
According to a military source in Damascus, the pilot was identified as Colonel ‘Umran Mare of Tartous.
Colonel Mare was flying his Su-22 fighter jet in the northwestern corridor of the Yarmouk Basin region, when he reportedly approached the border of the occupied Golan Heights.
The Syrian jet was then struck by two Patriot missiles that were fired by the Israeli air defense forces.
The pilot was then reported dead shortly after his jet crashed in the Yarmouk Basin region of southwest Syria.
Colonel Mare is the second Syrian pilot to be killed by Israel in the last four years.