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Israel warns Iran
raids in Syria
Israeli PM Benjamin Netan-
yahu says his country will de-
fend itself “against any attack”
after carrying out what appear
to be its largest strikes on sites
in Syria in decades.
Israel launched raids against
Iranian targets after saying it
had intercepted an Iranian
drone crossing the Syria-Israel
border. Iran denies the allega-
During the offensive an Is-
raeli F-16 fighter jet was shot
down by Syria air defences,
crashing in northern Israel.
Its pilots ejected from the
plane and were taken to hos-
pital. It is believed to be the
first time Israel has lost a jet in
combat since 2006.
Mr Netanyahu warned that
Israel’s policy to defend itself
against “any attempt to harm
our sovereignty” was “abso-
“Iran brazenly violated Is-
rael’s sovereignty,” he said,
adding: “They dispatched an
Iranian drone from Syrian ter-
ritory into Israel...Israel holds
Iran and its Syrian hosts re-
Mr Netanyahu said Israel
would oppose any attempt by
Iran to entrench itself militar-
ily in Syria.
But he also said during a
meeting with military chiefs
that “Israel seeks peace.”
In other reaction: The US
state department said it sup-
ported Israel’s right to de-
fend itself, blaming Iran for
the confrontation. In a phone
call with Mr Netanyahu, Rus-
sian President Vladimir Putin
stressed the need to avoid a
“dangerous escalation.” He
has been supporting President
Assad’s government in Syria’s
UN Secretary-General Anto-
nio Guterres has called for an
immediate de-escalation in the
actions that he said threaten a
“dangerous spill-over” across
Israel’s military says one of
its combat helicopters downed
an Iranian drone infiltrating
Israel on Saturday. It tweeted
footage of the incident.
In response, Israel said it at-
tacked Syrian and Iranian tar-
gets in Syria, during which an
F-16 jet was fired upon, Israel
says, causing it to crash.
The two pilots were able to
parachute to safety before it
came down in an empty field
near the town of Harduf in
Israel says it then carried
out a second wave of strikes
on both Syrian and Iranian
The Israeli military said it
had inflicted huge damage on
targets in Syria in the “most
significant attack” of its kind
against the country since the
1982 Lebanon war.
Syria’s state media say air
defences opened fire in re-
sponse to an Israeli attack on
a military base, hitting more
than one plane. (BBC News)
Russia jet carrying
71 people crashes
after Moscow take-off
A Russian airliner has crashed
after leaving Moscow’s Domode-
dovo airport, killing all 65 passen-
gers and six crew on board.
The Saratov Airlines jet van-
ished minutes after take-off and
crashed near the village of Ar-
gunovo, about 80 km (50 miles)
south-east of Moscow.
The cause of crash is unclear. In-
vestigators and emergency crews
are working at the snow-covered
site. The Antonov An-148 was en
route to the city of Orsk in the
Flight-tracking site Flightra-
dar24 said the aircraft was de-
scending at the rate of 1,000m
(3,300ft) per minute shortly after
taking off early yesterday after-
noon. Pieces of wreckage and
bodies were found spread over a
President Vladimir Putin has
expressed his condolences to the
victims’ families and announced
an inquiry into the cause of the
Russia’s gazeta.ru website
quotes unnamed investigators as
saying the pilot had reported a
malfunction and requested clear-
ance for an emergency landing.
All 65 passengers were from
Orenburg, the Russian region
to which the plane was flying, a
spokesman for the regional gov-
ernor told Interfax news agency.
This is the first commercial pas-
senger jet crash for more than a
year—2017 was the safest year on
record for air travel.
Russian airlines have suffered
two major plane crashes in recent
years: A Tu-154 military airliner
crashed into the Black Sea with
the loss of all 92 people aboard on
25 December 2016, with the disas-
ter blamed on pilot error.
And, a Russian Airbus A321 car-
rying tourists crashed in Sinai,
Egypt, with the loss of all 224 peo-
ple aboard on 31 October 2015;
the Islamic State group said it had
placed a bomb aboard
Saratov Airlines is based in Sara-
tov, 840km south-east of Moscow.
In 2015 it was banned from op-
erating international flights when
surprise inspectors found some-
one other than the flight crew was
in the cockpit.
The airline appealed against the
ban and changed its policy before
resuming international charter
flights in 2016.
It flies mainly between Russian
cities but also has destinations in
Armenia and Georgia.
the crash site.
Wreckage found in a snowy field south-east of Moscow.
Missile remains found near the crash site of the F-16 jet in northern Israel.
Cause of crash is unclear.
Investigators and emer-
gency crews are working
at the snow-covered site.
Flightradar24 said the
aircraft was descending
at the rate of 1,000m
per minute after taking
off early yesterday
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