Israel launches heavy air strike in Syria after F-16 crash

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The drone was tracked by an Apache helicopter and shot down.

It said the Israeli strikes had targeted drones used against "terrorist organisations, primarily Daesh", using an alternative name for the Islamic State group. One pilot was seriously wounded and the other lightly. "Benjamin Netanyahu was in the opposition when the Israeli government attacked southern Lebanon and lost to Hezbollah in 2006, and he fears another escalation in which Hezbollah is substantially stronger after the experience it's gained on the Syrian battlefield", Blumenthal told RT.

Israel said its reprisals after the exchange were "large-scale" raids that attacked Syrian air defence systems and Iranian targets.

Netanyahu's remarks came as he convened his security chiefs for consultations on Saturday's confrontations which followed Israel's interception of what it said was an Iranian drone launched from Syria. Police said the F16 crashed in the Jezreel valley in northern Israel.

Russia, which has troops based at T4 military base, reacted with anger. Gen. Ronen Manelis said in a special statement.

Iranian and Iran-backed Shi'ite forces, including Hezbollah, have deployed widely in Syria in support of Assad.

In response to the provocation, Israel attacked the drone's command center. Syria's response in the past has been limited, but it appeared to be sending a message on Saturday that it would not remain that way. "Much more will be fired in the future at Israeli airports if Israel continues its aggressions".

Israel has attacked inside Syria frequently since the civil war began in March 2011, targeting Syrian military posts and arms shipments bound for Hezbollah.

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According to the Israeli military, the confrontation began with the drone entering its airspace before being intercepted by a combat helicopter.

The Israeli military confirmed that one F-16 had gone down in northern Israel, and that its two pilots had ejected and had been located and transferred to hospital. "We are prepared for a variety of incidents ... whoever is responsible for this incident is the one who will pay the price". "We don't know yet if it's an SA-5 or SA-17, but it's a Syrian anti-aircraft missile", he said. Conricus said it was intercepted well inside Israeli territory over the city of Beit Shean, near the Jordanian border.

"It's unclear to me if Iran is really calling the shots here", said Blumenthal.

"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.

Shi'ite-dominated Iran is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main regional ally and denies having any conventional armed forces in Syria, though it has acknowledged having military advisers and volunteers from its elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in Syria. He was speaking on the sidelines of a conference marking the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported.

He added that "Iran does not have a military presence in Syria , and has only sent military advisers at the request of the Syrian government".

The military says it is "ready for various scenarios and will continue to act according to situation assessments".

Prime Minister Netanyahu made a statement this morning about the incursion and Israel's response. A special coordination center was set up at Israel's General Staff for the objective.

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