Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Israeli warplane was shot down with Syrian missile, Army says

Israeli warplane was shot down with Syrian missile, Army says

Israel would not confirm whether its aircraft was actually shot down by enemy fire, which would mark the first such instance for Israel since 1982 during the first Lebanon war. "The alleged incursion was used as the pretext for Israeli strikes on what it described as Iranian targets in Syria [emphasis added]".

Israel is aware of Russia's decisive influence in Syria, and America's absence, which is why Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, maintains close ties with Putin. They landed in the Beit Netofa Valley in Lower Galilee and were evacuated to the Rambam Medical Centre in Haifa.

Earlier on Saturday, Israel struck Iranian facilities in Syria after it had reportedly intercepted an Iranian drone in its territory.

Media reports say Israel has asked for immediate Russian and American intervention but foreign ministry spokesman did not respond to interview request on that. Gen. Tomer Bar, second-in-command of Israel's air force. But let's not be mistaken: the Iranians will continue to try to establish themselves in Syria.

The jet fell to earth next to a high school in the Galilean community of Hardouf.

The large-scale offensive was apparently created to physically limit Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's ability to attempt such an attack against Israeli aircraft in the future, and to make him consider what a larger Israeli aerial assault would do to his military.

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"This is the most blatant and severe Iranian violation of Israeli sovereignty in the last years", Conricus told journalists in a phone conference.

In response to the drone infiltration, the IDF attacked the Iranian T-4 center with eight fighter jets, which came under significant Syrian anti-aircraft fire, Conricus said. Qasemi went on to say, "Iran only provides military advice to Syria based on the request of the country's legitimate government".

"The raids hit at least 12 targets, including three aerial defense batteries and four targets that were part of Iran's military establishment in Syria", Fox News' Kathleen Joyce and Lucia I. Suarez Sang reported.

"It is necessary to unconditionally respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and other countries in the region".

Netanyahu said he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and vowed to strike back hard. "The event is still ongoing; it is by no means behind us". "And we established a mechanism to do that, and that mechanism holds secure".

"I reiterated to [Putin] our obligation and right to defend ourselves against attacks from Syrian territory".

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It called for "greater worldwide resolve in countering Iran's malign activities".

Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, said late on Saturday that the U.S. These include Hizbullah, a Lebanese militia cum political party that fought a bloody war with Israel in 2006.

It marked the first time Israel publicly acknowledged attacking what it identified as Iranian targets in Syria since the war began.

Both pilots ejected and were injured, one critically.

Pentagon spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway said the United States fully supports Israel's right to defend itself. Turkey, for example, recently launched its own offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria's north, placing it in de facto opposition to the United States, which had allied itself with some Kurdish forces to defeat IS forces. The pilots are now hospitalized and it's unclear at the time of this writing what led to the downing of the IAF plane.

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