World Israel warns Iran over Syria as tensions mount after downing of Israeli jet

00:51  12 february  2018
00:51  12 february  2018 Source:   dw.com

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Israel warns Iran and Syria . Netanyahu defended Israel 's military action in strident terms during his cabinet meeting on Sunday. Israeli F-16 jet crashes after coming under Syrian fire. "This is the broadest attack on Syria 's defense systems since [Operation] Peace for the Galilee

Syrian anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli F-16 — the first such downing of an Israeli fighter jet in 36 years — as it returned to Israel from a bombing raid on Iranian -backed positions inside Syria . The raids came after Israel shot down an Iranian drone it said violated Israeli airspace through Syria .

  Israel warns Iran over Syria as tensions mount after downing of Israeli jet © Getty Images/AFP/J. Guez

Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday that Israel would continue to target Iranian-backed forces inside Syria. His comments come amid rising tensions a day after an Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashed under fire.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel would continue its military strikes in Syria despite the downing of its most advanced fighter jet a day earlier.

Syrian anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli F-16 — the first such downing of an Israeli fighter jet in 36 years — as it returned to Israel from a bombing raid on Iranian-backed positions inside Syria. The raids came after Israel shot down an Iranian drone it said violated Isreali airspace through Syria. Teheran denies the charge.

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The jet crash represented a severe blow to Israel ’s prestige and could mark a major change after years in which it acted against targets in Syria with relative impunity. Hezbollah said on Saturday that the downing of the Israeli F-16 jet by the Syrian Army marked the “start of a new strategic phase

Iran ’s military chief warned Israel last October against breaching Syrian airspace and territory. Netanyahu, visiting the Golan on Tuesday, peered across the border into Syria and in An official in the pro-Assad alliance said after the downing of the F-16 that a “message” had been sent to Israel .

Iran has been backing forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad throughout the seven-year war in Syria.

Netanyahu defended Israel's military action in strident terms during his cabinet meeting on Sunday.

"Yesterday, we landed hard blows on the forces of Iran and Syria," he said. "We made unequivocally clear to everyone that our modus operandi has not changed one bit."

Israel, however, also indicated it does not want to deepen the conflict that has claimed some 400,000 lives. But Israel is concerned about the presence of Iranian backed forces near the Golan Heights, which is occupied by Israel.

Israeli warplane crashes amid cross-border escalation with Syria

  Israeli warplane crashes amid cross-border escalation with Syria An Israeli jet has been downed by Syrian anti-air fire after Israel intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria. The incident is one of the most serious involving Israel, Iran and Syria amid the Syrian civil war. Israel planes on Saturday carried out attacks on "Iranian targets" in Syria after intercepting a drone, with one F16 fighter downed by heavy anti-aircraft counter fire, a military spokesman said.

Syrian anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli F-16 — the first such downing of an Israeli fighter jet in 36 years — as it returned to Israel from a bombing raid on Iranian -backed positions inside Syria . The raids came after Israel shot down an Iranian drone it said violated Israeli airspace through Syria .

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his nation dealt "severe blows" to Iranian and Syrian forces following the weekend downing of an Israeli fighter jet over northern Israel . The Israeli military declined to comment. Tensions between Israel and Syria have escalated in recent months.

Israel remains technically at war with Syria. Its occupation of a swathe of the Golan Heights, which it seized during the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed, has never been recognized by the international community.

Fears of escalation

Israel said it destroyed three Syrian anti-aircraft batteries and four targets "that are part of Iran's military establishment" in Syria during Saturday's raids.

"This is the broadest attack on Syria's defense systems since [Operation] Peace for the Galilee," Brigadier-General Amnon Ein Dar told Army Radio, referring to Israel's 1982 Lebanon offensive, in which it battled Syrian forces.

In a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, Netanyahu affirmed Israel's right to defend itself but vowed to continue cooperating with the Kremlin to avoid accidental clashes with Russian troops in Syria.

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TEL AVIV, Israel — The Israeli military shot down an Iranian drone launched from Syria into Israeli airspace early Saturday in what the military described as a "severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty." Israeli fighter jet crashes amid escalating tensions with Syria and Iran .

Tensions are high in the Middle East as Iran and Israel exchange fire over Syrian skies. It started Friday night, when Israel shot down an Iranian drone

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, said at least six people were killed by Israel's initial strikes on Saturday. The Syrian government has yet to offer a death-toll.

Netanyahu's government has also accused Iran of planning to build precision-guided missile factories in Lebanon.

Both Washington, Israel's strongest ally, and Moscow, which has backed Assad throughout the Syrian war, have voiced concern over the weekend clashes.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson starts a five-day trip the region on Sunday, beginning in Jordan. His travels will take him to Turkey, Lebanon and Kuwait, which a State Department official would involve "tough conversations."

The Eurasia Group, a New York-based political risk consulting firm, said, "In order to reinforce deterrence, Israeli leaders will probably assess they need to show Iran, Hezbollah and Syria they will continue to strike targets despite the risk."

"[But] in a fog of war environment, another incident can easily drag the relevant parties toward a regional conflict," it added.

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