Israel downs Iranian drone and strikes Syria, F-16 crashes

UN Chief Guterres Calls For Immediate De-Escalation In Syria

UN Chief Guterres Calls For Immediate De-Escalation In Syria

The Israeli military says an Iranian drone infiltrated the country and it was shot down.

The officer said: "Yes, it was a red alert and the situation here has been escalating day by day".

"Whoever is responsible for this incident is the one who will pay the price".

Israel says the situation started with an Iranian drone crossing into its territory from Syria at around 4:30 a.m.

The T4 Airport is home to Iranian forces, the Lebanese Hezbollah terror organization and Syrian regime forces, SOHR said.

"We agreed the security coordination between our armies will continue".

The statement vowed a "relentless response" to "all further aggression".

The Israeli fighter plane that crashed on Saturday likely was hit by a Syrian anti-aircraft missile, an Israeli army spokesman said. Israel sees Iran as using its neighboring country of Syria as a hub in which to "destroy Israel."

Lebanon's Hezbollah has hailed Syria's response to Israel's attack on Iranian and Syrian bases in Syria, saying it signals "a new strategic phase" that puts an end to violation of Syrian territories.

The UN chief's reaction came after Russian Federation, which intervened in support of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in 2015, said they were "seriously concerned" by the confrontation. The Post's claim was part of a problematic and inaccurate caption that accompanied a video that the paper posted online to describe events that transpired in the early morning hours of February 10, 2018. An Israeli F-16 fighter was shot down by anti-air missiles. "Massive Syrian Anti-Air fire, one F16 crashed in Israel, pilots safe", Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, Israeli military spokesperson, said. It later announced that one of the pilots was in serious condition.

"Looking through the media reports, I don't think it affected any of our positions in the Golan Heights, because if it did, I would have been informed", he said. During the attack, anti-aircraft missiles were fired toward Israel jets triggering sirens that were sounded across northern Israel.

Syria's Defense Ministry said in statements on its website that its air defenses responded successfully to the Israeli operation and hit more than one plane.

The Israeli raids came after it intercepted what it said was an Iranian drone entering its airspace. The Russian Federation has no interest in an Israeli-Iranian confrontation, but in practice, they are providing a military and diplomatic umbrella for the deepening of Iranian influence in Syria. Finally, when all else failed used its air-force to send a clear message that it would not tolerate the expansion of Iranian influence in proximity to Israel's borders.

In "large scale" retaliatory attacks inside Syria, at least 12 sites - both Iranian and Syrian targets - were destroyed by Israel. As the position of anti-government rebels in Syria deteriorated, the United States and Russian Federation reached an agreement in November (without direct Israeli involvement) on limiting non-Syrian forces in the country.

The United States has backed Israel and expressed deep concern over the latest escalation.

Israel has long complained about the involvement of archenemy Iran, and Iranian proxy Hezbollah, in the Syria war. Both have sent forces to back Assad, who appears headed toward victory.

"I have been warning for some time about the dangers of Iran's military entrenchment in Syria".

Syria acknowledged the Israeli attacks on sites within its borders but denied that any of its drones had entered Israeli airspace.

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