Israel raids Syria targets after crash

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In Lebanon, Hezbollah has transformed hundreds of villages into "military strongholds", according to the AP, effectively conscripting human shields who will become civilian casualties blamed on Israel, according to the NYT.

Israel seized the strategic plateau from Syria in the 1967 war and fought off an invasion there in 1973.

What has Israel's involvement in the Syrian war been so far?

The statement concludes: "The IDF will act determinately against such severe violations of Israeli sovereignty by Iran and Syria and will continue to act as necessary".

Russian Federation provides significant military backing to the Syrian government. These interventions generally were not announced publicly and were small in scale.

The Syrian conflict is maybe reaching its end game and Israel has made its red lines very clear.

Iran and its proxies had been escalating their threats to attack Israel over the last few weeks.

The military said it struck 12 targets including three aerial defense batteries and four Iranian targets that are part of Iran's military establishment in Syria.

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

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The youths defied restrictions at Nawa Kadal and Rajouri Kadal areas of downtown Srinagar and clashed with the force personnel. The ceremony was followed by a protest rally taken out from Press Club premises to Burhan Wani Chowk.

Why is what happened Saturday different from previous Israeli strikes?

Smoke rises from a missile in southwest Lebanon, which the Lebanese National News Agency says was sacked by Israel toward Syria. If it is true, however, it would appear to mark a significant provocation from Tehran and perhaps even an attempt to bait Israel into a reaction.

An Israeli fighter jet crashed under fire from Syrian air defences.

"Israel has carried out dozens of attacks over the past one year but this is for the first time a Syrian military has shot down an Israeli plane", she said. The pilots were taken to a nearby hospital.

Russia's Foreign Ministry has expressed its concerns over rising tensions between Israel and Syria.

The Israeli air raids began early on Saturday when the country's military said it had intercepted an unmanned aircraft over the city of Beit Shean "on a military mission sent and operated by Iranian military forces". The targeting of the Israeli F-16 may in part have been meant to signal to Turkey and the United States that intervening in Syria is going to be associated with heightened costs. But the tit-for-tat fighting shows that neither side is willing to back down.

Danon addressed the Security Council members in a sharply-worded letter, writing, "This is not the first time that we have warned you of Iran's risky actions that undermine the situation in our region".

According to experts, this is a UAV with a piston wing that resembles the US RQ-170, a stealth-capable drone and a jet engine that Iran fell in 2011. Awkwardly, late last month, Netanyahu visited Moscow to push Russian Federation to rein in its Iranian allies in Syria. The Israeli army has confirmed the reports, which were first reported by Syrian state media.