A Syrian air force Sukhoi Su-24 was shot down on 23 September by an Israeli Raytheon Patriot surface-to-air missile. The Syrian fighter had approached – and reportedly breached – the Israeli border on the Golan Heights before it was brought down.

Such an incident was one of the most likely scenarios, with the civil war in Syria and recent clashes with rebel groups near the Israeli border.Debris fell in the Quneitra zone on the border between Israel and Syria, with the aircraft’s two crew members reported to have ejected.

The civil war in Syria and the extreme Islamic organisations that control parts of the country pose a big problem for the Israeli air force, which has taken measures resulting in what can be summed up as “zero time reaction”. […]