UPDATE 1-Damascus warns Israel of "more surprises" in Syria

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DAMASCUS/JERUSALEM, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Israel will face “more surprises” should it again conflict Syrian territory, Damascus pronounced on Tuesday, after Syria’s atmosphere defences shot down an modernized Israeli warplane during a fiercest flare-up between a aged foes in 36 years.

The F-16 jet was strike over northern Israel on Saturday as it returned from a raid on a Syrian position blamed for rising an Iranian-made worker opposite a border. Iran is ancillary President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s nearby seven-year polite war.

“Have full certainty a invader will be severely surprised, given it suspicion this fight – this fight of rubbing Syria has been unprotected to for years – had done it unqualified of opposed attacks,” Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Sussan said.

“God willing, they will see some-more surprises whenever they try to conflict Syria,” Sussan pronounced during a Damascus news conference.

The downed F-16 was a initial warplane Israel has mislaid to rivalry glow given a 1982 Lebanon war. Its two-man organisation survived, with injuries, after bailing out of a stricken jet.

Israel retaliated by destroying around half of Syria’s anti-aircraft batteries, according to an initial criticism common with Reuters by an Israeli central who requested anonymity.

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Israel has pronounced it will press forward with missions in Syria, where it has launched scores of sorties opposite suspected arms transfers to Iranian-sponsored Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.

“There are no limitations, and nor do we accept any limitations,” Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told reporters during a debate of Israel’s limit with Syria and Lebanon.

“We will continue to urge a critical confidence and other interests. And we would like to counterfeit a obvious saying: ‘This is not a time to bark, this is a time to bite.’”

Tehran’s impasse in Syria, including a deployment of Iran-backed army nearby a Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, has dumbfounded Israel. It has also has indicted Iran of building precision-guided barb factories for Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Syria and Hezbollah distinguished a F-16 shoot-down as a blow to Israeli troops superiority. Israel’s Army Radio pronounced on Tuesday that investigators believed commander blunder – rather than Syrian capabilities – were especially during error for a F-16’s disaster to hedge what was substantially an aged SA-5 missile.

Israeli troops orator declined to criticism on that report, observant a review was ongoing.

Saturday’s occurrence influenced adult serve questions in Israel about a efficacy of a coordination resource set adult with Russia, that has also been reinforcing and defending Assad’s army.

Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to a flare-up by propelling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to equivocate escalation in Syria. Moscow pronounced on Monday it did not have information to support Israel’s claim about an Iranian troops participation in a site inebriated for rising a drone.

Zeev Elkin, a Russian-speaking Israeli cupboard apportion who serves as Netanyahu’s interpreter in a talks with Putin, shielded a coordination resource on Tuesday as extenuation Israel “freedom of movement in a skies above Lebanon and Syria”.

“I don’t consider a Russians ever affianced that they would take troops movement opposite a Iranians and a Syrians for us,” Elkin told Israel Radio.

“We are going one-on-one opposite a Syrians. We don’t need assistance from a Russians. We know how to understanding with Syrian anti-aircraft fire, as everybody eventually saw.” (Reporting by Kinda Makieh in Damascus, Dan Williams in Jerusalem and Vladimir Soldatkin in Moscow, Writing by Tom Perry, Editing by William Maclean)

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