Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Israel Shoots Down Syrian Fighter Jet, Residents Of Northern Israel Report Explosions

Netanyahu bashes Erdogan, says Turkey becoming 'dark dictatorship'

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Tuesday’s developments as they unfold.

Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet that traveled 2 kilometers into country

The Israeli Air Force shoots down a Syrian fighter jet that traveled two kilometers into Israeli airspace, the military says.
“Two Patriot missiles were fired at a Syrian Sukhoi-model fighter jet,” the IDF says in a statement.
The military says the aircraft was being monitored as it approached the border.
“It penetrated two kilometers into Israeli airspace and was shot down,” the army says.
The military stresses that it will continue to enforce the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement, which requires Syria to abide by a demilitarized zone between the two countries.

Safed officials say interceptor missiles fired

The Safed municipality tells residents that air defense systems in the area fired interceptor missiles and says there are no special safety instructions in light of the situation.

Residents report explosions, trail of interceptor missile

Residents of northern Israel report seeing white trails in the sky, like those left by air defense interceptor missiles.
The sirens came a day after Israel launched two David’s Sling interceptor missiles at a pair of Syrian surface-to-surface missiles carrying approximately a half ton of explosives that appeared to be heading toward Israel, but ultimately landed inside Syria.

Sirens sound in Golan Heights, Jordan Valley

Sirens sound in northern Israel, in the city of Katzrin and in the Golan Heights and Jordan Valley regions, the army says.
The military says it is investigating what set off the system.

Bennett brands Erdogan a dictator, murderer of Kurds

Education Minister Naftali Bennett lashes out at Erdogan after the Turkish leader likens the Israeli government to Adolf Hitler and brands the new Jewish State law proof that it is the “most fascist, racist” country in the world.”
“The State of Israel will not be preached to by a dictator who hunts down and murders the Kurdish minority in his country and outside it,” Bennett tweets.

Netanyahu hits back at Turkey, slams ‘dark dictatorship’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Turkey is becoming a “dark dictatorship” as he hits back at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s harsh criticism of a “racist” new Israeli law.
“Erdogan is massacring Syrians and Kurds and has imprisoned tens of thousands of his citizens,” Netanyahu says in a statement.
“Turkey under Erdogan is becoming a dark dictatorship, while Israel is meticulously maintaining equal rights for all its citizens, before and after the law.”
He says the Turkish leaders’s criticism of the Jewish state law is “the biggest compliment.”

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