Israel Launches Heavy Air Strikes on Iranian Targets in Syria


If the conflict escalates, it could end up adding a unsafe angle to the ongoing Syrian conflict - and one that could wind up involving other powers in the region and beyond.

Experts said on Israel's Channel 11 news station that neither side wanted to appear weak, but also that war was too great of a risk for either party.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on all the parties involved in the ongoing military conflict in Syria to respect the territorial integrity of the country after Israel attacked positions inside the Arab country, saying that the creation of threats in Syria, where Russia is militarily present, is unacceptable.

The pro-Assad military alliance said Israel had attacked a drone base in central Syriabut denied any of its drones had entered Israeli airspace. "Iran made such an attempt today". The targeting of Iranian sites in response, however, mark an escalation in the Israeli retaliation.

Netanyahu said that he also spoke during the day with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who left on Saturday for a Mideast tour that will take him to Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Kuwait and Turkey.

During their talk, Putin told Netanyahu to avoid "any steps which might trigger a new spiral of dangerous-for-all confrontation in the region", according to the state-owned TASS news agency. The Israeli military later released footage that it said showed the drone being brought down by an attack helicopter.

That prompted Israel to unleash a dozen retaliatory strikes on both Syrian and Iranian targets inside Syria. Netanyahu said he and Tillerson discussed the flare-up on Saturday. At one of these bases, Khmeimim Air Base, not far from the Mediterranean shore, is the Russian command bunker for its forces in Syria, which has a direct line of communication with the Israeli high command. Gen, Tomer Bar said Saturday.

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Israel attacks 12 bases in Syria
America told Israel is was "deeply concerned " about the violence Saturday, but said the country has the right to defend itself. According to a separate military statement, "multiple anti-aircraft missiles were fired at IAF ( Israel air force) aircraft".

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The Israeli military said two pilots had bailed from the downed aircraft and one was severely injured.

What we can learn from this event is that the IDF has exceptional intelligence on the Iranian operation and its entrenchment in Syria.

Netanyahu accused Iran of violating Israel's sovereignty by dispatching a drone from Syrian territory into Israel on Saturday morning. "We agreed that security coordination between our countries will continue".

Despite more Syrian anti-aircraft fire, all Israeli jets returned to base safely from the second mission, after the first jet was lost, according to the Israeli military.

Iran's actions have proven correct all of Israel's warnings against allowing Iran's establishment in Syria.

The incident, which triggered sirens in the northern Golan Heights, is believed to be Israel's most significant involvement in Syria since the war began there some seven years ago.

United Nations soldiers look out on a post at Mount Avital, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the Israeli Syrian border, Israel February 10, 2018. Gradually this Israeli-rebel nexus has produced what the Israelis call a "safe zone" abutting their occupied territory on the Golan, as Nour Samaha reported for the Intercept last month. Gen. Ronen Manelis, said in a special statement.