An Israeli fighter has been shot down as the country’s air force carried out attacks against Iranian targets in Syria after intercepting a drone.
The military stated.its planes faced massive anti-aircraft fire from Syria that forced two pilots to abandon an F-16 jet that crashed in northern Israel, seriously wounding one and lightly injuring the other.
‘This is a serious Iranian attack on Israeli territory. Iran is dragging the region into an adventure in which it doesn’t know how it will end,’ Israel’s chief military spokesman, Brigadier General Ronen Manelis, stated.in a statement.
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The Israeli warplane in flames after coming down in the north of the country
The charred remains of an Israel F-16 that crashed after coming under fire by Syrian air defences
The picture was taken in the northern Israeli Kibbutz of Harduf. Israel stated.the crew survived
The aircraft was an F-16, of the type pictured, that was taking part in strikes against a dozen targets in Syria (File picture)
Smoke from anti-aircraft fire in the sky above the Syrian-Israel border
Israel’s military stated.the attacks were in retaliation for the violation of its airspace by an Iranian drone. Pictured is Shahed-129 drone on display at a rally commemorating the 37th anniversary of the Islamic revolution
The remains of an unidentified rocket that fell by a house in the town of Hasbaya, south Lebanon, near the Lebanese-Israeli-Syrian borders
‘Whoever is responsible for this incident is the one who will pay the price.’
Israeli forces identified an ‘Iranian UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle)’ launched from Syria and intercepted it in Israeli airspace with a combat helicopter, a statement said.
They then ‘targeted the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the UAV into Israeli airspace,’ military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus posted on Twitter.
‘Massive Syrian anti-air fire, one F16 crashed in Israel, pilots safe.’
The Israeli military then carried out what it called a ‘large scale attack’ against Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria.
The Israel Defence Forces release footage of an Iranian drone being intercepted and shot down
The remains of the war plane pictured near the Israeli village of Harduf, northern Israel
Investigators picking through the remains of the downed F-16 fighter aircraft
Israel has shot down several drones that previously tried to infiltrate its territory from Syria. The targeting of Iranian sites in response, however, mark an escalation in the Israeli retaliation.
The military stated.it struck 12 targets including three aerial defence batteries and four Iranian targets that are part of Iran’s military establishment in Syria.
During the attack, anti-aircraft missiles were fired toward Israel jets triggering sirens that were sounded across northern Israel.
Israel has shot down several drones that previously tried to infiltrate its territory from Syria. The targeting of Iranian sites in response, however, mark an escalation in the Israeli retaliation
During the attack, anti-aircraft missiles were fired toward Israel jets triggering sirens that were sounded across northern Israel
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman was convening a meeting of senior officers at the IDF’s headquarters in Tel Aviv to discuss a further response.
Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus stated.Iran was ‘responsible for this severe violation of Israeli sovereignty’ and that the military was ‘fully prepared for further action.’
Syrian state TV quoted a military official saying Syrian air defences hit more than one Israeli plane. The official stated.the Israeli raids hit a base in the country’s central area, and called it a ‘new aggression.’
Pictures show the wreckage of the the Israeli plane once the flames had been extinguished
Israeli soldiers taking positions next to the Syrian border following the early morning attack
Israel has long complained about the involvement of Iran and its ally Hezbollah in the Syrian civil war
Later, Syria state TV stated.its air defences responded to new Israeli raids near the capital Damascus.
Israel has long complained about the involvement of archenemy Iran, and Iranian proxy Hezbollah, in the Syria war.
The Shiite allies have sent forces to back Syrian President Bashar Assad, who appears headed toward victory after years of fighting.
Israel has stated.it will not accept a permanent military presence by Iran and its Shiite allies in Syria, especially near the Israeli border.
It has been warning of late of the increased Iranian involvement along its border in Syria and Lebanon.
The country fears Iran could use Syrian territory to stage attacks or create a land corridor from Iran to Lebanon that could allow it to transfer weapons more easily to Hezbollah.
The Israeli Cabinet recently held a meeting on the Golan Heights near the border with Syria to highlight to new threats.
The military confirmed that the initial target in Syria – the unmanned aircraft’s launch components – was successfully destroyed. Israel says it has the Iranian drone in its possession.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry declined to comment.