Israel strikes 12 Iranian targets in Syria over downed fighter jet

28 2016 shows an Israeli Air Force F-16 I fighter jet taking off at the Ramat David Air Force Base located in the Jezreel Valley

Israel bombed Iranian and Syrian military forces in Syrian territory Saturday, risking escalation an already heated conflict.

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.

In response, Israel conducted air strikes against Iranian facilities in Syria and destroyed the Iranian UAV control center. It fears Iran could use Syrian territory to stage attacks or transfer weapons to the Lebanese group, Hezbollah.

On Saturday, Israel's military announced that it had carried out a "large-scale" aerial attack inside Syria, after back-and-forth clashes overnight in which an Iranian drone was shot down in Syrian territory and an Israeli F-16 was downed by Syrian antiaircraft fire. "We agreed that the security coordination between our armies would continue", said Netanyahu, referring to the so-called deconfliction mechanism that is geared to guaranteed that Israeli and Russian aircraft don't collide over Syrian skies.

One of the various types of fast attack craft used by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The cause of the F-16 crash is being investigated, Conricus said, adding that the IDF has not determined if anti-aircraft fire hit the jet.

In the early hours of this morning, for the first time, Iran infiltrated Israel with a drone. Tel Aviv says it is targeting growing Iranian and Hezbollah presence in Syria which it sees as a national security threat.

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"Moscow is deeply concerned with the latest developments and attacks on Syria".

Russian Federation voiced Saturday its concern over Israel's attacks, particularly on the so-called de-escalation zones, created to safeguard a peace resolution on the conflict imposed on Syria.

"We consider it necessary to unconditionally respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and other countries of the region", it added. The Israeli military later released footage that it said showed the drone being brought down by an attack helicopter.

In a briefing at noon on Saturday, IDF Spokesman Jonathan Conricus warned that the Syrians and Iranians are "playing with fire".

Syria said its air defences repelled two Israeli raids on its military bases in the centre of the country, hitting more than one warplane during the first.

"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.

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Damascus also accused Israel of bombing in January its Mazzeh military airport near the capital where air force intelligence services were based.

The regime said it intercepted the missiles and destroyed majority, according to SANA.

Iran's Foreign Ministry declined to comment.

The prime minister said he has been warning for some time about the dangers of Iran's military entrenchment in Syria.

The United Nations called Tuesday for a monthlong humanitarian ceasefire throughout Syria as fighting escalates in certain areas.

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