Mar 10, 2014

Israel scrambles F-16s as Syrian jets near border

Israeli fighters have been scrambled four times on 7 March, when Syrian combat aircraft approached the border with Israel.
Syrian opposition sources reported that the Syrian air force bombed the village of Rdir El - Bustan using so-called "bomb barrels", and approached the Israeli border on their way to and from their targets.
The Israeli air force – which is being held on high alert because of the situation in Syria – scrambled Lockheed Martin F-16s from its Ramat David air base.
There has been no official Israeli reaction to the incident, but sources say the tension stems from the possibility that a Syrian air force pilot could use the attacks on rebel forces in Syria to perform a "personal attack" on Israeli targets near the border.
In each recent instance, the Syrian fighters turned back after they had come to within a "suspicious distance" of the Israeli border.

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