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11 February 2018

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashed Saturday in northern Israel after coming under "massive anti-aircraft fire" from Syrian forces, according to the Israeli army.

As the Israeli planes came under attack, two F-16 pilots made a decision to eject, and their plane crashed in Israel's Galilee region, Conricus said.

He then referred to the prediction of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution about the future of Israel, saying as the leader said the Zionist regime will collapse in less than 25 years by the Islamic nations.

"This is the most blatant and severe Iranian violation of Israeli sovereignty in the last years", Conricus told journalists in a phone conference.

A statement on Central Military Media, which is allied with the Syrian military, called Israel's attack on the drone site a "terrorist act", warning of "a tough and serious response". "We are for peace, but we are ready for all scenarios and we do not advise anyone to look for us". -Gen. (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser, the former director-general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and the former head of the IDF's Intelligence Research and Assessment Division, and now a Senior Fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, said on a conference call held by The Israel Project on Saturday.

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Russia's foreign ministry is expressing concern over Israeli missile strikes in and is urging the sides to avoid escalating the situation. The drone was spotted by Israel and residents across the Golan Heights and the Jordan Valley were woken by air raid sirens which sounded when the UAV was intercepted near the Israeli town of Beit She'an by an Apache attack helicopter.

The condition of the pilot, who was seriously injured after he was forced to evacuate the plane, stabilized Saturday morning, but he was still unconscious and connected to a respirator, doctors at Haifa's Rambam Medical Center said.

According to the statement, 12 targets were attacked inside Syria, including three Syrians air defense batteries and four Iranian targets that were part of Iran's buildup in Syria. The F-16 fighter was on a mission to strike Iranian drone installations in Syria, where Iranian and Iran-backed forces have established a major foothold while fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad.

"Today's developments mean the old equations have categorically ended", the group said in an official statement.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahran Qasemi, however, described the Israeli claim as "ridiculous".

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Netanyahu, visiting the Golan on Tuesday, peered across the border into Syria and in public remarks warned Israel's enemies not to test its resolve.

Later on Saturday, Reuters news agency quoted an unnamed Israeli military spokesman as saying that Israel did not seek an escalation in the region.

"Over the past four decades, since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the U.S. has gained no significant achievement in the region", he noted.

"Iran believes Syria has the right to legitimate self- defence".

Tensions have also spiked across the frontier between Israel and Lebanon over Israeli plans for border wall, and Lebanese plans to exploit an offshore energy block partly located in disputed waters.

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The Newest: Netanyahu speaks to Russia's Putin about Iran