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Israel strikes Iranian, Syrian targets in Syria in retaliation for Iranian drone

The Israeli military early on Saturday shot down an Iranian drone it said committed "severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty" by flying into Israeli air space. In retaliation later Saturday, Israel launched a "large-scale attack" of airstrikes on Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria. In the process, an Israeli F-16 jet was shot down, a hit claimed by the Syrian army.

Iran and Syria denied the initial drone flight entered Israeli territory and condemned Israel's response as "terrorist action." Israel in turn decried Iranian "aggression."

"I do not believe matters will develop to a regional war," an unnamed Iranian-Syrian alliance official told Reuters.