Israel: In New 'Large-scale Strike,' Military Bombs 12 Syrian, Iranian Targets

Earlier Saturday, Israel downs Iran drone, strikes Syria ■ Israeli F-16 shot down, pilots safe but one in serious condition ■ Rocket sirens sound throughout northern Israel for second time

A downed Israeli F-16 in northern Israel, February 10, 2018.
Rami Shllush

The Israeli army said Saturday morning it has carried out a fresh 'large-scale strike' against 12 Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria.

The attack is the latest in a series of cross-border exchanges, which began when an Iranian drone was intercepted by Israel over Israel. In response to the provocation, the IDF attacked Iranian targets in Syria. 

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For the second time Saturday morning, rocket sirens sounded in Israel's north. Shortly afterwards, Syrian state TV reported explosions in the Damascus area, calling them new "Israeli aggression."

According to the Israeli army, Syrian anti-aircraft missiles targeted an Israeli F-16, prompting the pilots to eject. The plane went down in northern Israel. The two pilots were taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Missile contrails seen in Israel during overnight strike in Syria

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IDF Spokesperson Brigadier General Ronen Manelis said "We identified an Iranian drone UAV which took off from Syrian territory. The drone was identified by IAF systems and was downed by an IAF helicopter. The Iranian drone fell in our territory and is in our possession."

"As part of the country's defenses, sirens were activated but there was no danger for the residents of Beit She'an. It was decided to attack the trailer from which the Iranians launched the UAV. This was a surgical action deep in Syria, target destroyed."

"This is a serious Iranian attack on Israeli territory. Iran is dragging the region into a situation in which it doesn't know how it will end. We are prepared for a variety of incidents...whoever is responsible for this incident is the one who will pay the price."