>> Two old enemies came to blows on Tuesday after Israel shot down a Syrian war plane that crossed into the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. The Syrian government was quick to hit back, saying the jet was fired on as it fought rebels inside Syrian territory. Weeks of tensions over the Golan has had Israel nervously watching from their border, as Syrian President Assad moves to recapture the south of Syria from rebel fighters.
The Israelis are also keeping a watchful eye over the thousands of Syrians that have fled to their doorstep, occasionally approaching the fence and begging for help. Days ago, they watched as Syrian rebels bust out, evacuating for the rebel held north. For the second time it is many days, Israeli sirens sounded on the Golan as the locals watched the contrails of missiles flying overhead.
Israeli military say they first tried to warn the jet off, after it crossed one mile into their air space.>> When we see a fighter crossing the border and we try to contact few times and we get no response, the only thing we can do is to protect our civilians.
We cannot wait to see what are the real intentions of the fighter. That what would any other country will do in a similar situation.>> For Israel, they fear their arch enemies will gain a foothold on their frontier. Concerned President Assad might change the status quo on the Golan, or allow his Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah reinforcements to deploy nearby.