Israeli strikes on Iranian websites in Syria 'ought to ship clear message'

F-16 fighter jet

F-16 fighter jet

The US backed Israel and expressed deep concern over the latest escalation.

Convoys of missile batteries were reportedly being transported to the north, near the Arab-majority city of Baqa el-Garbiyeheth on Saturday, though neither the Israeli Air Force nor the Defence Force have confirmed the move.

The drone entered Israeli airspace at 4:50 a.m. local time Saturday after being tracked by the Israeli military from its launch from the Iranian T-4 command center near Palmyra, Syria, Conricus said.

Their experiment did not succeed, and it also proved how effective Israeli intelligence is, and how permeable Syrian and Iranian systems are.

Israel carried out major air raids in Syria on Saturday, including against what it described as Iranian targets - the first time it had publicly acknowledged doing so since the war began. CCTV of F-16 crash in northern Israel. "They want to turn Syria into an Iranian base from which they can threaten Israel both with their military capabilities and with their terror-supported capabilities".

The Israeli air force then launched its attack on 12 further targets inside Syria, Conricus said, all of which were hit.

The Iranian foreign ministry said the Israeli claim that it intercepted a drone was "ridiculous".

A pro-Assad official, while saying the downing of F-16 fighter jet was just a "message" delivered to Israel, believes that tensions would not develop into a regional war. Israel asked the Russians to prevent escalation.

The Iranian drone entered Israeli airspace and remained there for a minute and a half before being downed by a combat helicopter.

It said Israel had targeted drones used against "terrorist organisations", mainly the Islamic State group.

Regardless, Hezbollah said Saturday's developments signaled a "new strategic phase" in engaging Israel, which has been mostly off the guerrilla group's radar as it has been knee-deep in the fighting in Syria.

"I call on the Security Council to condemn this risky act and to put an immediate end to Iranian provocations".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long warned of the danger of Iran's growing military presence along Israel's northern border.

Netanyahu said he had spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"The question is whether the Iranians will respond or lower the fire at this stage", said Ephraim Kam, a senior researcher at Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies. But let's not be mistaken: the Iranians will continue to try to establish themselves in Syria.

Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said the U.S. "strongly supports Israel's sovereign right to defend itself". Russian Federation is an ally of Iran, which has sent troops and advisors to back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Israel is technically at war with Syria and occupies a swathe of the strategic Golan Heights that it seized in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed in a move never recognised by the worldwide community.

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