The white house has issued an official statement about the position of Washington in connection with the escalation of tensions on the Syrian-Israeli border after a series of incidents in which the IDF was shot down the Iranian UAV, attacked the Iranian and Syrian targets, while the Israeli air force lost the F-16.
Press Secretary of the President of the United States Sarah Sanders said: «Israel is the closest ally of the United States, and we support its right to defend itself against Iranian-backed militias and Syrian forces in southern Syria. We call on Iran and its allies to stop provocative actions and to act to achieve peace in the region».
Earlier the US State Department issued a statement in connection with the recent events near the Syrian-Israeli border. «The United States is deeply concerned by the escalation of tensions on Israel’s Northern border,» said state Department spokesman Heather Nauert. At this statement, the American foreign Ministry noted that the United States «strongly supports Israel’s right to defend its sovereignty.»
Press Secretary of the Pentagon Adrian Rankin-Galloway said that the United States fully supports the actions of the Israeli air force, attacked the 12 Iranian and Syrian facilities in Syria, including air defense system after Israeli F-16 fighter involved in the operation, fell in Israeli territory, writes the newspaper The Jerusalem Post.
Rankin-Galloway said that Israel is the closest ally of the United States in the security sphere in the middle East. He also noted the destabilizing role of Iran and its «malicious activity» in the middle East.
At the same time, the Ministry of defence of the USA has informed that the American army was not involved in the operation, which was conducted by Israeli air force in the Syrian province of HOMS.
We will remind that on the night of February 10, IDF air force was shot down over Israeli territory a drone is of Iranian origin, who arrived from Syria.
Shortly after this incident, the Israeli air force attacked military targets in Syria. Syrian air defenses opened fire. One of the planes F-16i «Sufa» fell in Israeli territory, near the houses in the village Harduf in the Jezreel valley. Two pilots managed to eject, they survived and was taken to hospital. One of the pilots seriously injured. What was the cause of the crash was not reported.
«The operational headquarters of the allies of Syria» (OSSS), unifying the command of Iranian forces and «Hezbollah» in the Syrian territory, said the Russian state Agency RIA Novosti that the Israeli aircraft attacked the drones, based at the airbase T-4 in HOMS province.
According to this source, these UAVs (in Iran) were destroyed. Accurate information about damages is not given.
OSS, claims that the IDF destroyed drones that were used «to gather information to fight terrorist groups and primarily against IG, in the interests of the Syrian army.»
Military airbase, Ties (T-4), located to the West of Palmyra in HOMS province, is the largest in Syria. She repeatedly used for deployment of aircraft carrying out attacks on opposition forces during the civil war in Syria (2011-2018). On the territory of the base of the Iranian «Islamic revolutionary guard Corps» has created a special hangars for unmanned aircraft. There are based Syrian warplanes MiG-25, su-24 and su-22.
The representative of the press service of the IDF Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conicus said that the attack by the Israeli air force was struck by the 12 Syrian and Iranian military installations.
Syrian state news Agency SANA reported that the air defense forces of the regular army of Syria attacked the Israeli planes. The report reveals that the actions of the Syrian air defense was affected in more than one plane. Agency SANA announced that the Israeli planes early on Saturday morning attacked a military base in Central Syria. Damascus ties together the actions of the us military against the forces of the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the Israeli air force, blaming the USA and Israel of support of Islamic state and other terrorist organizations.
Lebanese TV channel «al-Mayadin» associated with Hezbollah, reports that on the morning of Saturday, February 10, Syrian air defenses mobilized against Israeli aircraft, anti-aircraft missile system s-200 Russian production. According to this channel, in repelling an air RAID on a military base in HOMS province on Israeli aircraft were fired 10 missiles.