Israel Hits Back at Iran and Syria as Border Region BoilsFeb 9, 2018 By Donna Abu-Nasr and Gwen Ackerman
- Strikes follow Iranian drone’s reported infiltration to Israel
- Israeli F-16 crashes as situation threatens to escalate
Israel launched attacks on Iranian and Syrian positions after it said Iran sent a military drone into its airspace Saturday, raising the prospect of further escalation over the Islamic Republic’s growing presence in Syria.
Israel struck 12 targets in Syria, including four Iranian targets, in a “large-scale attack” after the drone infiltration, the Israel Defense Forces said. An F-16 fighter plane crashed in northern Israel after coming under fire from Syrian anti-aircraft missiles, and the pilots were hospitalized with moderate to severe injuries.
Saturday’s confrontation, the most serious between the sides since the Syrian civil war began, comes…
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