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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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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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