Israeli F-16 shot down by Syrians, Tel Aviv hit Iranian drone

SANA: Syrian air defences responding to a 'new Israeli aggression'

Israeli fighter jet shot down after bombing run in Syria

"To cover their crimes in the region, Israeli officials are resorting to lies against other countries", foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told AFP.

Israel's military said the attacks were in retaliation for the violation of its airspace by an Iranian drone.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahran Qasemi, however, described the Israeli claim as "ridiculous".

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"We deny all unfounded allegations by the Zionists".

Shortly after the raid, the Israeli army said it does not seek escalation in the region.

Hezbollah said in a statement that Saturday's developments "mean the old equations have categorically ended". "Whomever is responsible for this incident is the one who will pay the price".

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. The IDF intercepted it with an Apache attack helicopter, he said, and the remains of the drone fell north of the Israeli town of Beit She'an.

Israel's leading daily Haaretz reports that Syrian anti-aircraft missiles targeted an Israeli F-16, prompting the pilots to eject. The circumstances of the abandonment were under investigation.

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For years Israel has been striking at weapons stores and other facilities in Syria with a single goal - to disrupt and as far as possible to prevent advanced Iranian missiles being delivered to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

However, on Thursday shots were fired from Syria at an Israeli military drone. -Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin - former head of IDF Intelligence and now the Executive Director of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv - said on a conference call organized by The Israel Project.

The Israeli Cabinet recently held a meeting on the Golan Heights near the border with Syria to highlight to new threats.

Israel said they have the Iranian drone in possession.

Russian Federation and Iran, allies of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, began a military intervention in September 2015 to help the Syrian government regain territory from the Islamic State group. The alliance added that drones had left the T4 air base in the morning to conduct routine operations against Islamic State in the Syrian desert.

The fighter jet crashed in northern Israel.

In a tweet, the Israeli Defense Forces said they would "act determinately against such severe violations of Israeli sovereignty" and was "ready for various scenarios".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not hesitate on Saturday to express America's support for the Jewish State after an Iranian drone infiltrated Israeli territory.

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