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Israel loses warplane under Syrian fire, accuses Iran of drone infiltration

11 February 2018, 05:14 | Kara Nash

Israeli security forces walk next to the remains of an F-16 Israeli war plane near the Israeli village of Harduf Israel Feb. 10 2018

Israeli security forces walk next to the remains of an F-16 Israeli war plane near the Israeli village of Harduf Israel Feb. 10 2018

"Iran's calculated escalation of threat, and its ambition to project its power and dominance, places all the people of the‎ region - from Yemen to Lebanon - at risk", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

Israeli aircraft repeatedly struck Syrian regime forces positions in September after a projectile fired from Syria hit the Israeli-held zone of the Golan.

Danon addressed the Security Council members in a sharply-worded letter, writing, "This is not the first time that we have warned you of Iran's unsafe actions that undermine the situation in our region".

Syrian state TV quoted a military official saying Syrian air defenses hit more than one Israeli plane. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Russian Federation to intervene and calm tensions on the Israeli-Syrian border.

The incident marked the first occasion that Israel has publicly acknowledged attacking what it identified as Iranian targets in Syria since the conflict started.

As the hours tick by, the view is gaining ground that the today's penetration of Israeli air space by an Iranian drone aircraft was not by chance, and that the Iranians were out to test the strength of an Israeli response to such an incident, and, even more so, the response of Russian Federation. "Iran made such an attempt today". Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi, one of the front-runners to be the next Iranian Supreme Leader, toured the Israeli-Lebanese border and boasted about operations to secure "Jerusalem's liberation".

Israel launches heavy air strike in Syria after F-16 crash
In a statement, Hezbollah said that the downing of the Israeli F-16 marked a "new strategic phase" in the conflict. A joint operation room of Syria and its allies, Iran and Hezbollah , denied the drone entered Israel airspace.

"I have recently spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin", Netanyahu said cited by his press office.

During their talk, Putin told Netanyahu to avoid "any steps which might trigger a new spiral of dangerous-for-all confrontation in the region", according to the state-owned TASS news agency. "They said the shooting down of the Israeli jet is a clear message that the days of carrying out attacks inside Syria are gone". "Let no one make a mistake about this". Gen, Tomer Bar said Saturday.

The Israeli military confirmed that the F-16 had gone down in Palestine's northern occupied territories, and that the two pilots had been transferred to hospital after ejecting out safely.

An air force chopper picked up the wounded crew and transported them to the trauma unit of Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. A spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry said, "The claim that an unmanned aircraft penetrated into Israel is false". The pro-Assad military alliance denied that any of its drones entered Israeli air space. "We agreed that security coordination between our countries will continue".

Israel is also aware of the consequences - if a full scale conflict ignites across the northern border, analysts estimate Hezbollah could launch a huge number of missiles onto Israeli cities.

He did not say whether the drone was armed or for reconnaissance, but alleged it "was on a military mission sent by Iranian military forces" from an "Iranian base" in the Palmyra area.



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