Israeli fighter jet crashes under Syria fire, military says

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"A conflict between Iran, Hezbollah, Syria and Israel is not in Russia's interest at all". Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasem called the Israeli claim "ridiculous".

The new Israeli raids come hours after an earlier one in central Syria during which an Israeli F-16 fighter jet was shot down.

Iran had "violated our sovereignty, and infiltrated its drone into Israeli airspace from Syria", Netanyahu declared. For its part, Iran dismissed Israeli claims of a drone incursion as "ridiculous".

It also pledged a "severe and serious" response to the Israeli act of "terrorism".

Israel has carried out dozens of air strikes on the Syrian armed forces and their allies since the civil war started.

"We deny all unfounded allegations by the Zionists".

"Israelis must realize that they no longer have superiority in the skies nor on the ground", Fares Shehabi, a member of the Syrian parliament for Aleppo tweeted.

In subsequent attacks, the Israeli military said it struck four additional Iranian positions and eight Syrian sites, causing significant damage.

"We are willing, prepared, and capable to exact a heavy price on anyone that attacks us".

September 23, 2014: Israel downs a Syrian military aircraft that it alleges wandered into the occupied Golan Heights.

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Later, state media said Syrian air defenses retaliated and thwarted another Israeli attack in southern Syria.

The IDF confirmed that Israeli F-16 fighter pilots were forced to abandon their jet during the operation.

The F-16 jet is said to have crashed in Israeli territory, with the two pilots ejecting successfully and landing by parachute. The circumstances of the abandonment were under investigation.

Israel has repeatedly warned in recent weeks against the presence of Iranian forces in neighbouring Syria.

Israel fires a "warning shot" in the direction of Syria, alleging that it is responding to a stray mortar round fired from the southwestern Syrian province of Quneitra.

According to the IDF, the targets in Syria included three air-defence batteries.

In January, the Israeli air strikes allegedly targeted Syrian army and Hezbollah weapon depots in the Qutayfeh area northeast of Damascus.

"In response, the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) targeted Iranian targets in Syria", the military said.

On Saturday, Israel's ambassador to Moscow Harry Koren reiterated that all Iran-backed groups in Syria should immediately withdraw from the country's southern de-escalation zone.

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