Iran rejects reports of Israel downing Iranian drone as ridiculous

Katrina Barker
February 11, 2018

Israel launched air raids in Syria yesterday after one of its fighter jets crashed while under Syrian anti-aircraft fire.

In response, Syria shot down more than one Israeli fighter jets, according to the official.

Netanyahu said he had spoken to Russia's Vladimir Putin and that they agreed Israel-Russia military coordination in regard to Syria would continue. If Israel does become more engaged in the fighting next door, it could have serious consequences for the war in Syria war - and for the region as a whole.

Danny Danon, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, urged the UN Security Council to condemn Iran's actions and halt its "provocations".

The drone was shot down and captured, the statement said, and Israeli warplanes went in pursuit of the command center that operated the drone.

IDF spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus told CNN that one Israeli aircraft came down, with all others returning safely to base.

Mishal said that his friends and neighbors in the town started sharing text messages and social media posts, with rumors flying around about what had happened, until 8 a.m. when the news stations gave details of the Iranian drone being shot down.

"Syria's legitimate government has every right to defend its soil and territory against any foreign aggressor", Qasemi said, state TV reported.

"Iran's calculated escalation of threat and its ambition to project its power and dominance, places all the people of the‎ region - from Yemen to Lebanon - at risk".

"We share the concerns of many throughout the region that Iran's destabilizing activities threaten global peace and security, and we seek greater worldwide resolve in countering Iran's malign activities", Rankine-Galloway stressed.

Meanwhile, Russia's Foreign Ministry said that "the latest developments and attacks on Syria were viewed with serious concern" and that the loss to Syria and damage resulting from them were being examined. Police said the F16 crashed in the Jezreel valley in northern Israel. "We will not tolerate any violation of our sovereignty".

In Litvak's view, the Iranians are intent on continuing to establish military bases in Syria.

"Israel wants peace but we will continue to defend ourselves with determination against any attack on us and against any attempt by Iran to entrench itself militarily in Syria or anywhere else", he said. Iran rejected the Israeli version of events as "ridiculous".

Conricus declined to give details on the drone's presumed mission or whether it was armed.

Iran dismissed Israel's claims that Israeli forces downed one of its drones and that Iran was involved in an attack.

The Trump regime has backed Israel's hawkish stance on Iran, and has also declared containing Tehran's influence an objective of its Syria policy. "The Iranians have the most animosity and the highest propensity for violence, which is something the Russians dislike at this point".

Israeli officials wouldn't confirm if the F-16 had been downed by a Syrian missile, as teams combed the crash site for remains to analyze.

Conricus, the Israel Defense Forces spokesman, confirmed that between 15 and 20 surface-to-air missiles were launched by Syria as Israel launched the second round of attacks. "We are willing, prepared, and capable to exact a heavy price on anyone that attacks us".

"Security Council members must not stand idly by while Iran is instigating risky escalations and violating Security Council resolutions", he said.

Israel's chief military spokesperson, Brigadier-General Ronen Manelis, said Israel held Iran directly responsible for the incident.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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