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Syria Downs an Israel Air Force Fighter Jet - Makes Good on Threat

11 February 2018

Meanwhile, Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon called on the Security Council not to stand idle "when Iran acts to dangerously escalate the situation in the region", adding that the council must "condemn this risky step and immediately end the Iranian provocations".

The analyst further dismissed the possibility that Israel would invade Syria and said it would be very hard for Tel Aviv to wage an "all-out war".

The IDF says that's when the the Israeli F-16 fighter jet was targeted by Syrian anti-aircraft fire and crashed.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, said he spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the phone on Saturday evening and "repeated to him our right and duty to defend ourselves".

Iran's expanding clout during Syria's almost seven-year-long war, including deployments of Iran-backed forces near the Golan frontier, has raised alarm in Israel, which has said it would act against any threat from its regional arch-enemy Tehran.

State television stations also said that sounds of explosions believed to be from Israeli attacks were heard in the Damascus countryside.

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The drone had been sighted taking off from a base in Syria, and was intercepted after it crossed into Israeli territory, said Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman.

"Thanks to God, the Islamic Republic of Iran today is stronger than ever".

Putin told Netanyahu there was a need to avoid any steps that would lead to a new confrontation in the region, Interfax reported.

The Israelis claim to have launched several follow-up strikes against Iranian positions in Syria, and the Israeli cabinet met Saturday morning to consider further action. "Let no one make a mistake about this".

In a statement Saturday, the ministry said, "Of particular concern is the danger of escalation of tension within and around de-escalation zones in Syria, the creation of which has become an important factor in reducing violence on Syrian soil".

Syria said its air defences repelled two Israeli raids on its military bases in the centre of the country, hitting more than one warplane during the first. The pilots ejected, one was injured severely the other lightly wounded.

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An air force chopper picked up the wounded crew and transported them to the trauma unit of Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.

What we can learn from this event is that the IDF has exceptional intelligence on the Iranian operation and its entrenchment in Syria.

"Reports of downing an Iranian drone flying over Israel and also Iran's involvement in attacking an Israeli jet are so ridiculous..." Some Israeli observers have said it is hard to imagine that the Russians there would not have known about the Iranian drone or the subsequent antiaircraft fire.

"This is both our right and our duty and we will continue to do so as much as necessary", he said.

Hezbollah, a Lebanese Islamist political party, said in a statement that the downing of the Israeli jet marks the "start of a new strategic phase".

Touching upon the USA policy towards Iran and the sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic, Salami said that Iran remains strong against all odds and could potentially destroy "all American military bases in the region by launching attacks from inside the country".

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Syria Downs an Israel Air Force Fighter Jet - Makes Good on Threat