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Israel launches attacks in Syria following jet's crash

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The said it launched "large-scale attacks" against the aerial defence system and Iranian targets in following the shooting down of an Israeli fighter on Saturday in a major escalation of tension in the region.

Twelve targets, including three aerial defence batteries and four Iranian targets that were part of Iran's military establishment in were attacked, according to a statement by the (IDF), news reported.

The Israeli action came following the IDF's announcement that one of its military jets had crashed after coming under fire from anti-aircraft missiles in

The 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

The IDF said its pilots managed to eject themselves and land safely inside their territory. One of the pilots was severely injured.

Hours earlier said it had downed an Iranian drone that had infiltrated its airspace.

"The IDF sees the Iranian attack and the Syrian response as a severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty," the said.

"We are willing, prepared and capable to exact a heavy price from anyone that attacks us, however we are not looking to escalate the situation," the said.

Israeli media reported that was currently holding an emergency meeting with at the military headquarters in

Iran's expanding clout during Syria's nearly seven-year-long war, including deployments of Iran-backed forces near the Golan frontier, has raised alarm in Israel, which has said it would act against any threat from its regional arch-enemy

The warned in a report this week against increased tension and called on to mediate to maintain the current containment agreements, under which Iranian forces should stay away from Israel-controlled territory.



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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 16:34 IST