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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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