United Nations chief calls for immediate de-escalation of violence in Syria

United Nations chief calls for immediate de-escalation of violence in Syria

United Nations chief calls for immediate de-escalation of violence in Syria

In an official statement, Hezbollah, the Lebanese-based militia and a close Iranian ally, announced that the downing of the Israeli jet represents "the start of a new strategic era". "Iran is dragging the region into an adventure in which it doesn't know how it will end", Israel's chief military spokesman, Brig. "We agreed coordination between our armies would continue", Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman convened the top brass at military headquarters in Tel Aviv to discuss further response.

Netanyahu said on Saturday night that he spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and had a separate conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I emphasized in the talk with him [Putin] that it is our [Israeli] right and duty to defend themselves from attacks from Syria", Netanyahu said.

This was the first major incident after the Fijians moved back to the Syrian side in November 2016 from the Israeli side.

The statement vowed a "relentless response" to "all further aggression".

Though Israel has largely stayed out of the Syrian conflict, it has struck weapons convoys destined for Hezbollah dozens of times since 2012.

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"A decision was made in advance to bring down any Israeli fighter plane that would bomb the airport" using the Russian-made S-200 air defense system, Hamwi added. During the operation, the Syrian air defense launched missiles to shoot down an F-16 fighter jet of the Israeli Air Force.

The two pilots of the jet parachuted out just in time for them not to die in roasting iron scrap but one of them was seriously injured anyway.

Syrian media said its air defences had struck the jet.

It says that during the attack anti-aircraft missiles were fired toward Israel, triggering alarms that were heard in northern Israel.

The Israeli action came after it intercepted what it said was an Iranian unmanned drone that had entered its airspace.

During Israel's widespread retaliatory offensive on Saturday in Syria, the IDF said, it hit four Iranian positions and eight Syrian sites, causing significant damage. Finally, when all else failed used its air-force to send a clear message that it would not tolerate the expansion of Iranian influence in proximity to Israel's borders.

Interestingly, nearly all Israeli officials are presenting this to the public as an attack on Iran, as opposed to Syria, and are now calling all of the Syrian military bases that've been attacked are "Iranian bases".

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"The Israeli entity is now convinced it is unable to bear the consequences of a confrontation", said Ghassan Mohammad, an analyst on the Syrian Ikhbariyah news channel. "I think it's good that our enemies learn and understand these capabilities".

Russian Federation provides significant military backing to the Syrian government, and has not expressed concern about Iran's presence in Syria. "However, we are not looking to escalate the situation".

"Iran only provides military advice to Syria based on the request of the country's legitimate government", Qasemi said.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is closely watching the "alarming" military escalation throughout Syria and calls on all sides to exercise restraint and work for an immediate and unconditional de-escalation of violence, a United Nations spokesman said.

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Israel's military says one of its combat helicopters downed an Iranian drone infiltrating Israel.

The attack came after Israel shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country. The dispatching of the drone via Jordan was apparently done in order to trick Israeli early warning systems, which the Iranians believed would be paying attention to the Syrian border, not the Jordanian border. Israel attacked the site from which the drone was launched.

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El Deeb reported from Beirut.

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