Israel launches 'large scale attack' on Syria after F-16 jet crash

Israel launches 'large scale attack' on Syria after F-16 jet crash

Israel's military shot down an Iranian plane before launching "large-scale attack" on at least a dozen of Iran's targets in Syria.

The attack marks a heightening in Israeli retaliation against Syria, experts warn.

Israel branded the attack on the jet a "severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty" and warned of further action against Iranian aggression.

The military said its planes faced massive anti-aircraft fire from Syria that forced two pilots to abandon an F-16 jet that crashed in northern Israel on Saturday.

Israel launches 'large scale attack' on Syria after F-16 jet crash

The scene of the jet crash in Syria (REUTERS)

One pilot was seriously wounded and the suffered minor injuries.

"This is a serious Iranian attack on Israeli territory. Iran is dragging the region into an adventure in which it doesn't know how it will end," Israel's chief military spokesman, Brig Gen Ronen Manelis, said in a special statement.

"Whoever is responsible for this incident is the one who will pay the price."

The Israeli military then carried out what it called a "large scale attack" against Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria.

Israel launches 'large scale attack' on Syria after F-16 jet crash

The scene of the jet crash in Syria (REUTERS)

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

During the attack, anti-aircraft missiles were fired towards Israel jets triggering sirens that were sounded across northern Israel.

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman was convening the top brass at military headquarters in Tel Aviv to discuss a further response.

Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus said Iran was "responsible for this severe violation of Israeli sovereignty" and that the military was "fully prepared for further action".

Syrian state TV quoted a military official saying Syrian air defences hit more than one Israeli plane.

The official said the Israeli raids hit a base in the country's central area, and called it a "new aggression."

Israel has previously shot down several drones that tried to infiltrate its territory from Syria.

Saturdays “large scale attack” was a response to the infiltration and marks an escalation in Israeli retaliation.

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