Israel Demands UN Security Council 'Put an End to Iranian Provocation'

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The condition of the pilot, who was seriously injured after he was forced to evacuate the plane, stabilized Saturday morning, but he was still unconscious and connected to a respirator, doctors at Haifa's Rambam Medical Center said.

Ally of the Syrian regime it helps militarily, Russia on Saturday called all parties to "restraint" and considered "absolutely unacceptable" to endanger the lives of Russian soldiers present in Syria.

"Iran does not have a military presence in Syria, and has only sent military advisers at the request of the Syrian government", Ghasemi told AFP.

The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported that Syrian air defense forces had responded Saturday to what they called Israeli "aggression" by hitting more than one Israeli plane following attacks on a Syrian military base by Israeli jets.

Israel was reaching out to Russian Federation - a key backer of al-Assad alongside Iran, and the key airborne force on the side of the government - as well as the United States in an effort to prevent further escalation.

"The Syrians and the Iranians are playing with fire", Israeli military spokesman Ronen Manelis said on the army's Twitter feed.

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Iran, meanwhile, issued its first official response to the events, with its Foreign Ministry rejecting as "ridiculous" reports that Israel had intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria.

The attack was caused by the intrusion into Israeli airspace of an Iranian drone launched from Syria, said the Israeli army.

"The Israeli enemy has resumed aggression on some military positions in the southern region and our air defenses have responded to them and thwarted the aggression", Syrian military said in a statement.

Hizbollah said in a statement: "Today's developments mean the old equations have categorically ended".

The Israeli action came following the IDF's announcement that one of its military jets had crashed after coming under fire from anti-aircraft missiles in Syria. When the drone entered Israeli airspace, it was blown up by an Apache helicopter over the town of Beit Shean.

Bar also expressed satisfaction that, for the first time, Israel had captured an Iranian drone.

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The senior commander said the Zionist regime has been created by the USA and the United Kingdom, adding the Islamic Republic of Iran began to inflict heavy blows on the U.S. since early years of the Islamic Revolution.

The IDF will continue to act against "any attempt to infiltrate Israeli airspace and will act with determination to prevent any breach of Israeli sovereignty", said the IDF.

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

Later, the Israeli army press service informed that an Israeli F-16 jet had crashed in the north of the country; but its pilots had ejected safely.

According to Kuperwasser, Moscow is "being used by the Iranians", securing Assad regime bases while Tehran continues to strengthen their hold in Syria.

The Israelis were met with heavy anti-aircraft fire and one F-16 is believed to have been struck by a surface-to-air missile.

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The military says the pilots abandoned the aircraft and were safe.

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