Israel fighter jet crash ratchets up regional tensions

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits at a military outpost during a visit at Mount Hermon in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights overlooking the Israel Syria border

Certainly the retaliatory strikes and the subsequent downing of an Israeli F-16 jet - probably by Syrian anti-aircraft fire - makes this whole incident a significant escalation in the context of the Syrian conflict.

Addressing the Conference of Foreign Guests Participating in the Celebrations of Iran's 1979 Revolution anniversary, General Salami said the USA has failed in its projects in Syria.

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling on "all sides involved to show restraint and avoid all acts that could lead to complicating the situation further".

"Israel has repeatedly said it won't allow Iran and its allies to entrench themselves militarily in Syria", she said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Russian Federation to intervene and calm tensions on the Israeli-Syrian border.

"During the attack, anti-aircraft missiles were fired towards Israel, triggering alarms that were heard in Northern Israel", the military said. The IDF warned Syria and Iran against "violating" its sovereignty by saying that both countries would pay a heavy price if they defy this warning.

Israel said several of the sites it targeted on Saturday "are part of Iran's military establishment in Syria".

"We share the concerns of many throughout the region that Iran's destabilising activities. threaten worldwide peace and security, and we seek greater global resolve in countering Iran's malign activities", Rankine-Galloway said. Its Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi called them the claims "ridiculous", according to Reuters.

Open conflict across the Syrian border is unlikely to be in the interest of either Israel or Iran-aligned forces at the moment.

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Syrian state media reported two separate Israeli attacks.

Israeli, Syrian, and Iranian military forces clashed Saturday in a series of audacious strikes that could mark a new and risky phase in both a long-simmering cross-border conflict and Syria's long civil war.

On other hand, Lebanon has protested against the use of its airspace by Israel to target Syria.

He did not say whether the drone was armed or for reconnaissance, but alleged it "was on a military mission sent by Iranian military forces" from an "Iranian base" in the Palmyra area.

Isreal Defense Forces released a video of an Israeli Air Force Apache Helicopter intercepting and destroying an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Netanyahu also said that he spoke with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, noting that Israeli-Russian military coordination vis-a-vis Syria will continue.

The escalation began with an incursion into Israeli air space by an Iranian pilotless aircraft (Drone), which officials report appears to have crossed the border from Jordan. If Israel does become more engaged in the fighting next door, it could have serious consequences for the war in Syria war - and for the region as a whole.

Russian Federation expressed concern over the Israeli army's airstrikes on Syria.

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