Netanyahu says Israel undeterred after Syria shoots down F-16


In a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the air strikes conducted by Israel's Air Force against targets in Syria, the Kremlin said, TASS reports.

"We attacked advanced long-range surface-to-air missiles, components of the [Syrian] air-defense system and various Iranian targets", Bar said.

Then came reports of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, constantly holding security meetings with military and other staff, imaginably anxious, and struggling to look composed in a political and military field of fight where, with Russian military presence, he has little room to wiggle.

"The Russian side demands all parties should avoid any further steps that might lead to a new round of risky confrontation in the region", said the press service.

A Western diplomat in the region said: "My impression is that it seems to be contained at this point".

Russia, which backs Assad and maintains a large military presence in the country, called for restraint and appeared to criticize Israel's actions.

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The Syrian military and its allies denied that the drone violated Israel's airspace, Syria's state-run SANA news agency reported.

The office of the Israeli military spokesman released photographs of what it claims is a Syrian air-base in the Homs governate near the village of Tiyas utilized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to transfer arms to Hezbollah.

Syria says the rules of engagement have changed.

Neighboring Lebanon said it will file a complaint with the United Nations Security Council over Israel's use of its airspace to launch attacks on Syria.

"We heard a loud bang but we did not know what was going on and ran downstairs to the shelter, a safe room in our home", he said.

Flights leaving from and arriving to Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv were delayed for an hour on Saturday morning due to the disturbances.

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The frontier fell quiet by mid-afternoon.

Conricus said missile remnants were found near the crash site. As the position of anti-government rebels in Syria deteriorated, the U.S. and Russian Federation reached an agreement in November (without direct Israeli involvement) on limiting non-Syrian forces in the country. Since then, an uneasy quiet returned to the Israel-Syria border - a familiar feeling in the area - with no additional strikes or retaliations from either side.

A picture taken on February 10, 2018 shows the remains of an Israeli F-16 that was shot down by Syrian air defense during attacks in Syria.

Danon is calling on the Security Council to condemn Iran's action and "put an immediate end to Iranian provocations". Syria has fired anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli jets at least three times in recent months.

The officer said: "Yes, it was a red alert and the situation here has been escalating day by day".

Israel has looked on with alarm as its arch-enemy Iran has extended its reach in the region during conflicts in Iraq and Syria. An Israeli Apache helicopter was able to intercept the drone, after detecting it "early on" and placing it under surveillance, said the IDF. "I think that this UAV signifies [Iran's] technological progress, although in this case we dealt with it successfully", he said, adding, "Everything will be learned, including their intentions".

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The military called the drone infiltration a "severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty" and said Iran would be held responsible for its outcome, marking a dramatic escalation in tensions along its northern border.