Israel attacked what it said were Iranian positions inside Syria over the weekend in "large-scale" raids after one of its warplanes was targeted by Syrian air defences and crashed.

Following the most serious confrontation between Israel and Iran since Syria's civil war began in 2011, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to prevent Tehran from establishing a threatening military presence in the Arab state. Israel's raids came after it intercepted what it said was an Iranian drone entering its airspace from Syria, calling it an attack. Washington backed Israel and blamed Iran for the escalation.

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