Israel strikes 12 Iranian targets in Syria over downed fighter jet

The army was carrying out attacks against

The army was carrying out attacks against"Iranian targets in Syria after intercepting a drone

Syrians take photos of an Israeli fighter jet that was shot down over the Golan Heights. The Israeli army released images on Twitter yesterday night showing what it said was the Iranian drone.

Iran, along with Russian Federation - which had helped prop up the Assad government - denied that any of its drones had entered Israeli air space or that they had any role in shooting down the Israeli jet. "The Iranian presence in Syria aims only at consultations", the Iranian Revolutionary Guard deputy chief announced on Saturday.

"IDF [Israel Defence Forces] has targeted the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the #UAV into Israeli airspace". They all returned safely to Israel except one, which crashed due to Syrian anti-craft fire.

"This is the most significant attack on the Syrian air defense since the Operation Peace for Galilee [1982 Lebanon War]..."

Israel's raids came after it intercepted what it said was an Iranian drone entering its airspace from Syria, which it labelled an "attack". A Syrian SA-6 Grainful fell in northern Jordan while Damascus was trying to attack Israeli jets, sources reported to Sky News Arabia.

The two pilots ejected and were recovered and hospitalized, said the army. As a result, I can say that the Israeli aircraft was attacked by direct fire from the southern Syrian area. "This also means the Israeli jet was targeted by sophisticated weapons".

Israel's military attacked twelve Syrian and Iranian targets inside Syria today (Saturday). With the threat of Hezbollah, an Iranian surrogate, in Lebanon, Israel is unlikely to sit by and allow the Iranians to entrench themselves just across Israel's northern border. The drone was identified by IAF systems and was downed by an IAF helicopter.

Brigadier General Hossein Salami refused to confirm to the Tasnim news agency that an Iranian drone had been shot down. "Whomever is responsible for this incident is the one who will pay the price". One of them is in serious condition, the other is slightly injured.

Then an Israeli aircraft is shot down by forces backing the Assad regime.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to arrive for a regional tour in a few days.

Tensions between Israel and Syria have escalated in recent months. In January in Moscow, he stressed in front of Vladimir Putin the "danger" of Iran getting a military footing in Syria.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahran Qasemi, however, described the Israeli claim as "ridiculous". Syrian journalist Alaa Ebrahim told Newshour that the Syrian government's reaction to Israeli hostility is to be expected.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on all the parties involved in the ongoing military conflict in Syria to respect the territorial integrity of the country after Israel attacked positions inside the Arab country, saying that the creation of threats in Syria, where Russia is militarily present, is unacceptable.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 war and has occupied it ever since, annexing the territory in 1981 in a move not recognised internationally.

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