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Israeli air strikes against Syria 'biggest since 1982'

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Israel says it has inflicted huge damage on Syrian air defences after one of its fighter jets was brought down during a raid over Syria, reports RNZ

Israel launched heavy air strikes in Syria on Saturday, saying it hit air defenses and Iranian targets, and the Syrian army claimed to have brought down an Israeli F-16 that crashed in northern Israel in a major escalation of tension.

The response was the "most significant attack" of its kind against Syria since the 1982 Lebanon war, said senior Israeli air force general Tomer Bar.

The F-16 jet went down during a mission that followed an Iranian drone launch into Israeli territory, Israel said.

The two pilots parachuted to safety before the crash in northern Israel.

Israel said it responded with a second wave of strikes on both Syrian and Iranian military targets operating inside Syria.

Israeli air strikes in Syria are not unusual, BBC Middle East correspondent Tom Bateman said, but the loss of an Israeli fighter jet marked a serious escalation.

 

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