On February 10, the Israeli army announced one of its helicopters had downed an Iranian drone and struck Iranian targets in Syria, prompting return fire from the Syrian air defense systems. As a result of the incident, one Israeli F-16 fighter jet came down with its pilots ejecting.
On February 7, Israeli military aircraft reportedly launched several missiles at a target located in the Damascus province of Syria in what has become the latest IDF attack on Syrian soil.
Tel Aviv and Damascus, which have never signed a peace treaty, have repeatedly exchanged tit-for-tat attacks, with the latest incident taking place in early January, when the Syrian government army thwarted three Israeli missile attacks on Damascus countryside. Syria reportedly warned the Israeli side about the risks posed by such attacks.
Following the interception of an Iranian drone over the Golan Heights by the Israeli Defense Forces and the ensuing downing an Israeli F-16 fighter jet by Syrian air defense systems, Tel Aviv made it clear that it would defend itself by all means.
Following the downing of a Israeli F-16 aircraft by Syrian air defense systems protecting Syria’s territorial integrity, Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear with Brian Becker and John Kiriakou spoke with regional experts to find out if a major war is on the horizon in the Middle East.
A drone captured by the Israeli Air Force over the weekend, which Israel claims belongs to Iran, is essentially a “copy” of a Lockheed Martin Sentinel drone made for the US Air Force and Central Intelligence Agency that was shot down in Iranian skies in 2011 by Iranian forces.
The downing of an Israeli jet which conducted missions in Syria has become a game-changer in the Syrian-Israeli standoff, RIA Novosti contributor Gevorg Mirzayan writes. According to the scholar, Tel Aviv needs to reconsider its Syria-policy and choose diplomatic means instead of the use of force to reach its objectives.
Tensions have been running high in the Middle East since the Israeli military intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syrian territory, and Tel Aviv “enjoyed” the right to self-defense, launching an attack on “Iranian targets” in Syria, prompting reprisal strikes from Syrian air defense systems.
On February 10, Israel reported that one of its helicopters downed an Iranian drone launched from Syrian territory, and that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) had hit several military targets in Syria, prompting retaliatory fire from Syrian air defense systems.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The latest Israeli airstrikes on military facilities in Syria is one more attempt of hostile forces to prevent a political solution for the conflict-torn country, Qadri Jamil, the leader of the Moscow platform of the Syrian opposition, said in a statement on Saturday.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States considers the latest incident on the Israeli-Syrian border to be Iran's "calculated escalation" of tension, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Saturday.
Israel conducted airstrikes in Syria, which were provoked, according to the Israeli army, by an "act of Iran's aggression," when an Iranian drone flew into the disputed Israel-occupied Golan Heights last night.
Israeli Defense Forces have released footage reportedly showing the downing of an Iranian drone by an Israeli attack helicopter and the subsequent airstrike against alleged Iranian UAV control vehicle on Syrian soil.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on the global community to respect Syria's sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the countries of the Middle East following the aerial attacks of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) against targets in central Syria.
Earlier, the Israeli army press service reported that the Israeli military had intercepted an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle which had invaded the airspace of the country from Syria and in response, Israel attacked "Iranian targets" in neighboring Syria.
Onlookers managed to record a video of what appears to be an Israeli combat pilot landing after ejecting from his doomed jet.
Israeli airstrikes in Syria were provoked by an "act of Iran's aggression," when an Iranian drone flew into the Israel-occupied Golan Heights last night, according to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
An attempt to conduct yet another airstrike against targets in Syria ended badly for the Israeli military, as several of its warplanes were reportedly shot down by local air defense units.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is holding security consultations following military incidents between Israel and Syria, local media reported Saturday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Syrian anti-aircraft defense systems have repelled yet another Israeli aerial attack, local media reported Saturday.
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - An Israeli Air Force jet came down in the country’s north, an army spokesperson told Sputnik on Saturday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have struck 12 targets in Syria, including Syrian air defense batteries and Iranian military facilities during second wave of attack, the IDF said Saturday.
Recent strikes reportedly carried out by the Israeli military in Syria have led Damascus to accuse Tel Aviv of effectively aiding the terrorist forces in the country, and seek help from the UN to put an end to these attacks.