Syria Resolved to Confront Israeli Aggression: Ex-General

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Syrian Army’s move to shoot down an Israeli fighter jet or its interception of Israeli missiles being fired into Syria indicate the Damascus government’s strategic decision to fight off the Israeli aggression in all shapes, a retired Syrian general said.

Speaking to Tasnim on Saturday, Yahya Suleiman hailed the Syrian Army for downing an Israeli F-16 fighter jet earlier in the day.

The shooting down of the Israeli warplane or the Syrian Air Defense’s interception of Israeli missiles being fired at the Syrian targets show that the Damascus government is resolved to counter the Zionist regime, he added.

Suleiman also noted that the downing of the Israeli jet would shape the next phase of confrontation with the Tel Aviv regime.

The ball is now in Israel’s court, he added, stressing that Syria is prepared to confront any Israeli plan for fueling tensions.

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet was shot down by Syrian military on Saturday while targeting what it called Iranian sites responsible for launching a drone into occupied Golan Heights.

Pro-government military alliance in Syria said in a statement on Saturday that Israel would see a severe and serious response to its "terrorism" from now on.

The statement also said the drones -one of which Israel claims to have shot down- were being used against Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.

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