Israel Downs Iranian Drone Strikes Targets in Syria In Retaliation

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In response to the breach, the air force struck Iranian targets in Syria.

"Massive Syrian Anti-Air fire, one F16 crashed in Israel, pilots safe", IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus said on Twitter. In retaliation, the IAF is now striking Iranian targets in Syria.

The official said the Israeli raids hit a base in the country's central area, and called it a "new aggression".

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Reports say the Israeli military has targeted positions inside Syrian territory, in yet another violation of Syria's sovereignty. It said the pilots were injured and evacuated to hospital.

IDF spokesman Ronen Manelis earlier said: "We identified an Iranian drone UAV which took off from Syrian territory".

Israel has shot down several drones that previously tried to infiltrate its territory.

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Israel alleges that their downed aircraft was targeting an Iranian drone before it went down; however, the Syrian military has claimed the downing of the F-16. He described Israeli operation in Syria as "a surgical action deep in Syria".

Earlier in the week, Syrian air defenses have responded to an Israeli attack near Damascus, according to to Syrian SANA state-run agency.

An Israeli fighter has been shot down by Syrian forces.

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