Israeli Helicopter Destroys Iranian Done that Penetrated Jewish State

Violet Powell
February 11, 2018

The Israeli military said early assessments indicated the jet had been shot down by Syrian fire, but this was still unconfirmed.

The ongoing confrontations are seen as the most serious between archenemies Israel and Iran since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

As the Israeli planes came under attack, two F-16 pilots chose to eject, and their plane crashed in Israel's Galilee region, Conricus said. It was intercepted after about a minute and a half in Israeli territory by an Apache attack helicopter.

Danon called upon the Security Council to "condemn this unsafe act and to put an immediate end to Iranian provocations". Gen. Ronen Manelis, said in a special statement. But one "proportional response" could lead to another by Iran.

Flights at Tel Aviv's global airport were briefly halted.

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

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

10 de febrero de 2018, 12:43Damascus, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) In the face Israel " s threating attacks, Iranian Ambassador to Damascus, Javad Turk-Abadi, reportedly reiterated Saturday Tehran " s ongoing support to the Syrian people to preserve their homeland " s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Though Israel has largely stayed out of the Syrian conflict, it has struck weapons convoys destined for Hezbollah - which is fighting alongside Syrian forces - nearly 100 times since 2012.

Israel has been warning of late of the increased Iranian involvement along its border in Syria and Lebanon.

This appeared to be the first time in decades, probably since the early 1980s, that an Israeli jet was downed under enemy fire.

Struck by advanced Syrian air defense batteries on their return, the pilots of one Israeli jet ejected before their F-16 crashed. One pilot was seriously wounded and the other one lightly.

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Israel said several of the sites it targeted on Saturday "are part of Iran's military establishment in Syria".

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasem called the Israeli claim "ridiculous".

Regardless, Hezbollah said Saturday's developments signaled a "new strategic phase" in engaging Israel, which has been mostly off the guerrilla group's radar as it has been knee-deep in the fighting in Syria.

The Syrian army had claimed to have brought down an Israeli F-16 that crashed on Saturday in northern Israel in a major escalation of tension. "The Ministry calls on the countries concerned to curb the Israeli practices and stop its attacks".

Israel's raids came after it had intercepted what it said was an Iranian drone entering its airspace from Syria, which it labeled an "attack". The state news agency SANA said air defenses responded to a "new Israeli aggression".

"The Syrians are playing with fire that they are allowing the Iranians to attack Israel from their soil", said Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces.

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.

The Russian foreign ministry has urged all sides to refrain from escalating the situation.

Israel has mostly stayed out of the prolonged fighting in Syria, wary of being drawn into a war in which almost all the parties are hostile toward it.

Netanyahu is seeking to persuade Russian Federation to limit Iran's presence near Israel and to stop it from entrenching itself militarily in Syria.

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