Israeli fighter jet shot down in Syria

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits at a military outpost during a visit at Mount Hermon in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights overlooking the Israel Syria border

Danon is calling on the Security Council to condemn 's action and "put an immediate end to Iranian provocations". The incident was sparked by what said was an Iranian drone infiltrating its air space.

Sources in Damascus said there were casualties among Syrian forces. "Today's developments mean the old equations have categorically ended", the heavily-armed movement said in a statement.

"We urge all sides to exercise restraint and to avoid any actions that could lead to an even greater complication of the situation", the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"We consider it necessary to respect absolutely Syria's and the region's other countries' sovereignty and territorial integrity", Russia's TASS news agency quoted the Foreign Ministry as saying. "The danger of the escalation of tensions within and around the de-escalation zones, which have become an important factor in reducing violence in Syria, is of particular concern", the ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The tour will include Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and other countries.

But, a spokesman later said the country was "not looking to escalate the situation" and described the air strikes as a "defensive effort triggered by an Iranian act of aggression".

"Our air defense systems responded to missiles fired by the Israeli enemy air force from over Lebanese territory on a military outpost in Damascus countryside and destroyed a lot of them", an army statement said. Subsequent attacks were carried out against four additional Iranian targets and eight Syrian sites.

Israeli authorities have not confirmed that the F-16 jet was shot down by the Syrian fire, saying that "the concerned authorities are still conducting investigations to determine the reason behind the jet's crash".

It marks 's most significant involvement in to date. "We agreed that the coordination between our militaries will continue".

"This is a serious Iranian attack on Israeli territory". The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor of the seven-year civil war, said the earlier Israeli raids had targeted several military bases in the east of the central province of Homs. It cited unconfirmed reports of casualties among Syrian government forces and allied militiamen.

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashed Saturday in northern Israel after coming under "massive anti-aircraft fire" from Syrian forces, according to the Israeli army.

The two pilots ejected and were recovered and hospitalized, said the army.

The senior commander said the Zionist regime has been created by the USA and the United Kingdom, adding the Islamic Republic of Iran began to inflict heavy blows on the U.S. since early years of the Islamic Revolution.

Bar also expressed satisfaction that, for the first time, Israel had captured an Iranian drone.

Pro-government military alliance in Syria said in a statement later on Saturday that Israel would see a severe and serious response to its "terrorism" from now on.

In response, Syria shot down more than one Israeli fighter jets, according the official.

After Iran and Syria denied that the unmanned drone violated the Jewish state's airspace, the Israel Defense Forces released video footage of the drone's destruction over Israeli territory, as well as the subsequent IDF strike on its Iranian command vehicle in Syria.

Israel has conducted dozens of strikes inside Syrian borders to defend what it calls its red lines, and to prevent what it says is Iran's proxy Hezbollah - fighting alongside the Syrian regime - from acquiring advanced weaponry.

At approximately 4.30 am, local time, Israeli forces sighted a drone being launched from a site within Syria.

A second pilot was lightly injured while abandoning the aircraft.

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