Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Syria Downs Israeli F16 Jet, Pilots Safe, Israeli Army Says

Syria Downs Israeli F16 Jet, Pilots Safe, Israeli Army Says

Meanwhile, Iran, Russia and the Hezbollah movement in Lebanon - key allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - dismissed as "lies" Israeli claims that an Iranian drone had entered Israeli airspace, news wires report.

Israel said they have the Iranian drone in possession.

The Israeli military in the response of the event struck targets in Syria.

Iran issued a joint statement alongside the other main allies of the Syrian regime, Russian Federation and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, vowing a "relentless response" to Israeli "aggression". "That's why our response is as severe as it is".

In response, Israel launched 12 attacks on Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria.

"When the base was targeted our aircraft were still flying over the town of Sokhna, towards the desert", the statement said.

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In recent weeks Israel has repeatedly warned against the presence of Iranian forces in neighbouring Syria. "Iran seeks to use Syrian territory to attack Israel for its professed goal of destroying Israel", he said.

"This is a serious Iranian attack on Israeli territory".

Conricus, the Israel Defense Forces spokesman, confirmed that between 15 and 20 surface-to-air missiles were launched by Syria as Israel launched the second round of attacks. One pilot was seriously wounded and the other lightly. It claims to have received confirmation that hits on an Iranian control facility were accurate.

The Israeli military called the suspected drone infiltration by Iran a "severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty" and added that Iran will be held responsible for escalating tensions along the northern border.

The official said more than one Israeli aircraft had been hit.

A military expert talked to Sky News Arabia TV, revealing that he obtained "news that the Israeli F-16 fell inside the Jordanian territory".

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But regarding the downing of the Israeli F-16, Syria's Allies Command said "we hail the courageous retaliation of Damascus".

Further attacks were carried out against four additional Iranian targets and eight Syrian sites.

Air raid sirens had gone off in Israel in the early hours of the morning following the UAV interception and raids. "Before it was done through proxies", such as the Syrian government or Iranian-backed Hezbollah, he said.

September 23, 2014: Israel downs a Syrian military aircraft that it alleges wandered into the occupied Golan Heights.

"We won't accept either of those, and will act according to our needs", Netanyahu said following the meeting with Putin.

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