After Monday's (24 September) aerial clashes over Lebanon, Israel says she will continue to fly above Lebanese territory.
GV Glow in sky from shot down Syrian aircraft
LV & CU People on burnt hillside and burning wreckage seen through trees (2 SHOTS)
CU People carrying away wreckage (6 SHOTS)
SV People beside tail unit
CU Lebanese soldiers watch as man cleans wreckage to reveal wreckage (2 SHOTS)
SV ZOOM INTO CU INTERIOR Maj-Gen David Ivri speaking in Tel Aviv at press conference
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 6: IVRI: "We want to be sure that we know everything that's going in Lebanon, because of the PLO and their attention. We have to maintain our observation on the area. We can't afford losing it. So, as long as we can, we will keep our observation over the area and we'll keep it if we need with battles. But we don't have any intention to fight against Syrian MiGs if they are not interfering with us and we are not going anywhere to the Syrian border. It was on lebanon."
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Background: After Monday's (24 September) aerial clashes over Lebanon, Israel says she will continue to fly above Lebanese territory. Four jets are known to have been shot down, but Israel has denied a Syrian statement that two of them were Israeli.
SYNOPSIS: A ball of fire marked the end of one of the shot-down fighters. Lebanese armed forces and volunteers were soon on the spot. Wreckage had been scattered everywhere; the planes were thought to have crashed from a height of thirty-five thousand feet (10,700 metres). The dogfight began when Syrian MiG fighters and Israeli F-15 Eagle planes clashed over Lebanon - the first such engagement since June, when six Syrian MiGs were shot down. This time, the battle was reported to have lasted just one and a half minutes.
Crash investigators tried to determine the planes nationality. Syria said two of the four planes shot down were Israeli; Israel said all her planes had returned safely, and vowed to keep flying over Lebanon.