World leaders issue conflicting messages around Israel's attack in Syria

World leaders issue conflicting messages around Israel's attack in Syria

World leaders issue conflicting messages around Israel's attack in Syria

This morning Iran brazenly violated Israel's sovereignty. "Iran's presence in Syria is limited to advisers at the request of its legitimate government", an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qasemi, was quoted as saying by the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

Hezbollah said on Saturday the "brave confrontation of the aggressing Israeli planes", including downing an F-16, ushers in a "new strategic phase" that puts an end to the violation of Syrian airspace and territories.

Earlier today an Israeli F16 fighter jet was shot down after coming under fire from Syrian forces. One was badly injured. In response, Iran denounced Israeli "lies" and said Syria had the right to self-defence in response to Israeli strikes. "The IDF is ready and capable to inflict a heavy price on anyone that attacks us".

The Israeli aircraft that targeted the Iranian drone's mobile command center pursued and destroyed the target while it was moving, Bar said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Israel's offensive against Iranian targets in Syria. The stated targets included three air defense batteries and a base belonging to the Syrian army's 4th Division on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus.

The Israeli military said it was investigating whether its jet was hit directly.

"We urge all parties involved to exercise restraint and to avoid any actions that could lead to an even greater complication of the situation", the ministry said.

Such "terrorist action" by Israel would be met with a "severe and serious response", it said.

The T4 military base struck by Israel houses not only Syrian soldiers but Russian military officers, too.

The Britain-based Observatory, which monitors the Syria war through a network of activists on the ground, says the second round targeted outposts in the southwestern suburbs of Damascus.

It marked the first time Israel publicly acknowledged attacking what it identified as Iranian targets in Syria since the war began.

An open conflict between Israel and Iranian-backed forces would add to the entanglements and chaos in Syria.

The Trump regime has backed Israel's hawkish stance on Iran, and has also declared containing Tehran's influence an objective of its Syria policy. "Much more will be fired in the future at Israeli airports if Israel continues its aggressions".

Israeli officials wouldn't confirm if the F-16 had been downed by a Syrian missile, as teams combed the crash site for remains to analyze. He said the sound of Syrian anti-aircraft missiles is louder than usual. Conricus said it was intercepted well inside Israeli territory over the city of Beit Shean, near the Jordanian border.

"We heard a loud bang but we did not know what was going on and ran downstairs to the shelter, a safe room in our home", he said.

"The fact that this happened not far from our home, the fact there was an Iranian drone overhead is not nice and makes us uncomfortable", he said.

The comments were made by the Lieutenant Commander of the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Brigadier General Hossein Salami.

Russian Federation provides significant military backing to the Syrian government.

Netanyahu also announces that he spoke with the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson following the escalation of tensions.

Members of Israel's security cabinet, including Netanyahu, toured the Golan Heights on Tuesday and were briefed by the general chief of staff of the army Gadi Eizenkot and other top military commanders.

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