Israeli warplane is shot down as air force carries out large scale attack against Iranian targets in Syria after a drone violated its airspace

Saturday, February 10, 2018
By Paul Martin

Israel said F-16 was taking part in retaliation for what was ‘serious Iranian attack’
Military said it carried out ‘large scale’ strike against Iranian and Syrian targets
Warplane downed by Syrian anti-aircraft fire, crashed in Israel, crew both alive
Israel said a drone launched from Syria was intercepted by a helicopter

10 February 2018

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 said 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, said in a statement.

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 said 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.

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 said 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 said the Israeli raids hit a base in the country’s central area, and called it a ‘new aggression.’

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