Syria’s state media said Saturday Syria is responding to “new Israeli aggression,” following an earlier Israeli raid in the center of the country.
Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Jonathan Conricus posted on Twitter that Israel was “striking numerous (12) Syrian and Iranian military targets in Syria, in response to Iranian aggression.” Syrian state television said the sounds of explosions could be heard in Reef Damascus province, near the capital.
Israel shoots down drone
Israel said earlier it shot down an Iranian drone that was launched from Syria after it entered Israeli territory late Friday. In response, Conricus said Israel aimed an attack on Iranian targets in Syria. Conricus said Iran was “responsible for this severe violation of Israeli sovereignty.”
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downed by the Syrian Army with anti-aircraft fire. The Israeli pilots were able to eject successfully from their jet, the IDF said. Later, however, Israel said an Israeli Air Force pilot was “severely injured” in the “emergency evacuation.”
Air raid sirens sound
IDF spokesperson Brigadier General Ronen Manelis said: “Iran is dragging the region into a situation in which it doesn’t know how it will end. We are prepared for a variety of incidents … whoever is responsible for this incident is the one who will pay the price.”
The Syrian attack resulted in air raid sirens being activated in the Golan Heights and Beit She’an, but no casualties were reported. “The IDF will continue to operate against attempts to infiltrate Israeli airspace and will act with determination to prevent any violations of Israel’s sovereignty,” an IDF spokesperson said Saturday.