JERUSALEM (Jul. 8)
Seven Syrian MIGs were shot down today in a 30-minute air battle over the Golan Heights, an Israeli military spokesman said. No Israeli losses were reported. The air battle was the biggest fought since the Six-Day War. The air clash brought to 38 the number of Arab planes shot down since 1967. Syria admitted today the loss of three and said Israel lost four in the battle.
The dogfight took place between 10,000 and 13,000 feet above the Heights along the Israeli-Syrian border after the Syrian planes were sighted over Quneitra. Israel claims to have shot down 25 Egyptian warplanes since the war as well as 12 Syrian jets. Israel has lost three jets since 1967. It downed nine Egyptian MIGs in the last 11 days and claims there have been no Israeli planes lost since May 1. Since that date, 12 Egyptian planes and nine Syrian fighters have been destroyed.