Israeli Op Against Syrian Air Defense 'Most Significant' Since 1982

Glen Norman
February 11, 2018

The Israeli army shot down an Iranian drone launched from Syria and struck a number of Iranian targets in the war-torn country, according to the Israeli military.

The condition of the pilot, who was seriously injured after he was forced to evacuate the plane, stabilized Saturday morning, but he was still unconscious and connected to a respirator, doctors at Haifa's Rambam Medical Center said. "We can not confirm this report on the drone because Israelis are liars ... if Syrians confirm it, Iran will confirm it as well", said Salami, according to a Reuters translation.

Anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli warplane returning from a bombing raid on Iran-backed positions in Syria on Saturday in the most serious confrontations, yet, between Israel and Iranian-backed forces based across the border. "The Ministry calls on the countries concerned to curb the Israeli practices and stop its attacks". "To cover their crimes in the region, Israeli officials are resorting to lies against other countries", foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told AFP.

The drone had been sighted taking off from a base in Syria, and was intercepted after it crossed into Israeli territory, spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said.

Saturday marked the first time that Israel lost an aircraft in a combat situation since 2006, when an Israeli Yasour (Sikorsky CH-53) helicopter was shot down over Lebanon.

According to the statement, the IDF sees the Iranian attack and the Syrian response as a "severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty".

Saturday's chain of events began at 4:30am (0230 GMT) when an Israeli Apache helicopter shot down an Iranian drone over the northern town of Beit Shean, the Israeli military said. "Today's developments mean the old equations have categorically ended", the heavily-armed movement said in a statement.

The Israeli air force has targeted Syrian military sites on an nearly regular basis, on allegations that they are affiliated to Iranian and Hezbollah militias.

The F-16 crashed in northern after facing heavy anti-aircraft counter fire from.

Danny Danon, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, urged the UN Security Council to condemn Iran's actions and halt its "provocations".

"IDF [Israel Defence Forces] has targeted the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the #UAV into Israeli airspace".

Syrian air-defense missiles hit an Israeli F-16 fighter jet, prompting the pilots to eject.

In Damascus, the official Sana news agency claimed that the DCA had repulsed Israeli planes and hit "more than one", reporting raids on military installations near Damascus in the center and south of the country.

According to Kuperwasser, Moscow is "being used by the Iranians", securing Assad regime bases while Tehran continues to strengthen their hold in Syria.

Sirens sounded in northern Israel as a result of massive Syrian fire.

The Israeli military released grainy black and white footage of what it said was the drone's control vehicle in Syria being destroyed.

The military says the pilots abandoned the aircraft and were safe.

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