Tel Aviv –
An Israeli fighter jet crashed after being fired at by the Syrian Air Force while launching an offensive against Iran's "targets" in the country. This incident was the most serious incident between Israel and Iran since the outbreak of civil war in Syria in 2011. It is also the first time, Israel has publicly acknowledged that it attacked Iranian targets in Syria .
Israeli army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said both fighter jet pilots of the fallen F-16 were reportedly safe in the incident. Earlier the Israeli military alerted Iran that it was responsible for unmanned drones or drones entering Israeli territory. Israel has also repeatedly reminded of the existence of Iranian forces in the Syrian region.
"The Israeli military is targeting the Iranian control system in Syria that sends UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) into Israeli airspace," Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, adding that the Syrian Air Force then fired antiaircraft missiles up to an Israeli F-16 fighter jet.
"Iran is responsible for this severe violation of Israeli sovereignty," Conricus said as quoted by AFP news agency AFP , Saturday (10/2/2018).
In a separate Israeli military statement mentioned, Israeli troops identified an "Iranian UAV" launched from Syria and intercepted it in Israeli airspace with a fighter. The F-16 fighter plane crashed in the valley of Jezreel, in northern Israel.
"During the attack, some anti-aircraft missiles were fired into IAF (Israeli Air Force) aircraft," the Israeli military statement said.
"The pilots are wrong one plane jumped as a procedure.The pilots landed in Israeli territory and were taken to the hospital for medical treatment, "added the Israeli military.
(ita / ita)