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Syria shoots down Israeli fighter jet

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Debris of Israeli F-16 Israeli fighter plane near the Israeli village of Harduf, Israel, February 10, 2018. Reuters photo

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military has said one of its F-16 fighter jets was shot down by Syrian antiaircraft fire after it struck ‘Iranian sites’ in the country in retaliation for a drone flight that crossed into Israeli territory.

It said two crew members were recovered and taken to the hospital in stable condition. The Israeli military said early on February 10 that the F-16 jet went down in northern Israel.

The Israeli planes earlier shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country and struck the Iranian targets in Syria that launched it, in what the military called a “severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty.”

“IDF (Israel Defence Forces) has targeted the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the #UAV into Israeli airspace. Massive Syrian Anti-Air fire, one F16 crashed in Israel, pilots safe,” Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said on Twitter.

Sirens sounded in northern Israel as a result of massive Syrian fire. Explosions could be heard in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley region near the Syrian border.

The military said it was “monitoring events and is 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 been warning of late of increased Iranian involvement along its border in Syria and Lebanon.

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Mid-Hill highway opens door of prosperity: Minister Adhikari

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GALKOT- Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has said that the Mid-Hill highway had opened the door of prosperity.

He added that the highway was easing the transportation service of the hilly people.

Inaugurating the Badigad Festival and Nwagi Fair-2075 BS here in Baglung district on Saturday, Minister Adhikari stressed on preserving and promoting the domestic cultures to strengthen the nationality and create harmony among the people.

The festival organizer committee coordinator Tika Paija shared that the festival was organized to preserve domestic culture and promote local tourism.
The festival will run until November 25.

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