Israel unleashes military attack on Syria after fighter jet is downed

11 February, 2018, 05:18 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits at a military outpost during a visit at Mount Hermon in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights overlooking the Israel Syria border

Israel soon sent fighter jets into Syria to attack the T4 military base near the Syrian city of Palmyra, from which the drone supposedly was launched.

Addressing the Conference of Foreign Guests Participating in the Celebrations of Iran's 1979 Revolution anniversary, General Salami said the United States has failed in its projects in Syria. "It violated our sovereignty, it infiltrated Israeli territory with an [unmanned] aircraft from Syrian territory".

"The Russian side called for any steps, which might trigger a new spiral of unsafe for all confrontation in the region, to be avoided", the press service said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling on "all sides involved to show restraint and avoid all acts that could lead to complicating the situation further". Israel is aware of Russia's decisive influence in Syria, and America's absence, which is why Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, maintains close ties with Putin.

The Israeli military said 12 targets, including three aerial defense batteries and four Iranian targets that are part of Iran's military establishment in Syria were attacked.

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In a statement, the Syrian Military Media said the drone was on a regular mission gathering intelligence on Islamic State militants.

"This incident proves that every one of these warnings proved true", Danon added, referring to the operation of the Iranian drone.

"The US continues to push back on the totality of Iran's malign activities in the region and calls for an end to Iranian behavior that threatens peace and stability". "Iran only provides military advice to Syria", Iranian TV quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying.

Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah group said the downing of the plane marked the "start of a new strategic phase" which would limit Israel's ability to enter Syrian airspace.

President Assad is growing stronger by the day but Iran and Hezbollah, who've propped him up, can not be allowed to use the country as a foothold to attack the Jewish state.

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Syria said its air defences repelled two Israeli raids on its military bases in the centre of the country, hitting more than one warplane during the first.

Iran's expanding clout during Syria's almost seven-year-long war, including deployments of Iran-backed forces near the Golan frontier, has raised alarm in Israel, which has said it would act against any threat from its regional arch-enemy Tehran.

"It is necessary to unconditionally respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and other countries in the region".

Russian Federation expressed concern over the Israeli army's airstrikes on Syria.

The statement said the Israeli air strikes had targeted drones used in the fight against "terrorist organisations, primarily Daesh", referring to the Islamic State jihadist group.

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Despite rising tension and hostile rhetoric, both Israel and Syria signaled that neither is interest in war, but situations such as this often make that hard.


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