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An official based in Syria and allied with government forces says Islamic State militants have seized the body of a Syrian pilot whose fighter jet was shot down by Israel.

On Tuesday, Syrian forces reached the Golan Heights frontier for the first time in seven years. Israel shot down another that crossed into the Golan Heights in 2014.

"This is a blatant violation of the 1974 separation agreements between Israel and Syria", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.

According to Sky News Arabia, the plane crashed inside Syria, in the Yarmouk Basin. The direct response to the Israeli forces will come at an appropriate time.

Israeli officials said Netanyahu rebuffed as insufficient a Russian offer to keep Iranian forces 100 km (62 miles) from the Golan lines.

While Israel and the United States have been pressuring Russian Federation to limit Iranian influence in Syria, Moscow contends that it has little influence on the tight relationship between Syria and Iran, and it would be unrealistic to expect Iran to fully withdraw from the country.

The IDF said the plane was under surveillance as it approached and breached the border.

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Syria criticized this evacuation as a "criminal operation" carried out by "Israel and its tools".

Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet that penetrated more than a mile into its airspace.

Both Russia and Iran are backing Assad in the civil war.

The IDF is on "elevated alert" along the northern border because of the fighting on the Syrian side of the fence, military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said. Today, warnings were issued through various "channels" as a heightened amount of aerial activity took place just over the boundary. "From our perspective, this event has finished", he said. "It is not ongoing". That agreement delineated a demilitarized zone along the Israeli-Syrian frontier.

In February, an Iranian drone entered Israeli airspace, prompting Israel to shoot down the drone and then launch an airstrike on the launch site in Syria.

Israel worries Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may defy a 1974 United Nations armistice that demilitarized much of the Golan, or let his Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah reinforcements deploy there. In 1981, Israel annexed the area it occupied.


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