Syrian Army Shoots Down Israeli Jet after 'Aggression' on Base

Israel said the drone was operating from Israeli occupied Golan Heights and targeting Syrian rebels

Gen. Hossein Salami, acting commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, did not acknowledge Israel's claim it shot down the drone. Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasem called the Israeli claim "ridiculous".

Most of the systems installed in the airplane are Israeli and were manufactured by Israeli Defense industries, accustomed to the IAF's needs.

The exchange of fire - the most extensive attack on Syrian air defenses since the Lebanon War of 1982, according to Israeli Air Force Staff Commander Brig.

By noon, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman was convening the top brass at military headquarters in Tel Aviv to discuss a further response.

Syria accused Israel of "aggression", as Israel then launched more strikes.

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, Israeli military spokesman, said on Twitter on Saturday that the drone was operating from Israeli occupied Golan Heights and targeting Syrian rebels.

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It said the bases are used by both Iranian and Russian military personnel deployed in support of the regime.

In response to the drone penetration, Israel targeted a number of Iranian military sites in Syria, including its "aircraft's launch components in Syrian territory", the IDF said. Israel says it has the Iranian drone in its possession. He confirmed it was the first time an Iranian drone had crossed into Israeli airspace since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

The pilots landed safely in Israeli territory, while the jet crashed in the northern Galilee region, and were taken to hospital in stable condition, though one was reported seriously wounded.

November 28, 2016: Israel hits an abandoned United Nations building in the occupied Golan Heights, claiming it is suspected of being used by the militants.

August 17, 2013: Israeli forces hit a Syrian Army outpost with a guided missile, alleging that they are responding to Syrian mortar rounds. "This earned the Syrian army and every Syrian citizen prestige". "There is a much higher chance of a strategic collision between Iran's determination to build a force in Syria, and Israel's determination not to let them", he said.

July 15, 2014: The Israeli military kills 18 Syrians, including eight civilians, in attacks on three locations on Syrian soil.

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"The creation of any threat to the lives and safety of Russian military servicemen now in Syria on the invitation of its lawful government to help fight terrorists is absolutely unacceptable", the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The military said significant damage was caused.

Qasemi said that the Syrian government had the right to defend itself "against any foreign aggression" in reference to the Israeli jet being targeted.

The Syrian regime's allies Russian Federation and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah deny claims the Iranian drone entered Israeli airspace, calling them lies. The Observatory said the raids resulted in casualties, but didn't specify.

Explosions were heard along the Lebanese-Syrian border, Lebanon's official National News Agency said.

The United Nations called Tuesday for a monthlong humanitarian ceasefire throughout Syria as fighting escalates in certain areas.

According to the Israeli military, the confrontation on Saturday began with the drone entering its airspace. "I think it's good that our enemies learn and understand these capabilities".

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"A conflict between Iran, Hezbollah, Syria and Israel is not in Russia's interest at all".

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