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Israel Deals ‘Severe Blows’ to Iranian Forces After Israeli F-16 Shot Down by Chris Mitchell

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JERUSALEM, Israel – Israel’s Security Cabinet is considering more options after the most significant conflict with Syria and Iran in years. The incident represented a dramatic escalation with Iran and Syria and sparked talks of war in the Middle East.

“Yesterday we dealt severe blows to the Iranian and Syrian forces,” Netanyahu told cabinet ministers at the start of the week. “We made it unequivocally clear to everyone that our rules of action have not changed one bit. We will continue to strike at every attempt to strike at us. This has been our policy and it will remain our policy.”

The incident began when Syria sent an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into Israeli airspace, which an Israeli spokesman called a “severe violation of Israeli sovereignty.”

Israel destroyed the drone and then countered with an airstrike on the command center that launched it.

During Israel’s attack, Syria launched at least 20 anti-aircraft missiles and downed an F-16. It marked the first time in more than 30 years that an Israeli plane was shot down by enemy fire. The pilot suffered serious wounds and was airlifted to a hospital, where he was later reported in stable condition. The navigator sustained light injuries and was released later in the day.

Israel launched a second large-scale attack, striking 12 targets inside Syria, including four Iranian installations.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized his warnings about Iran.

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