The world had expected war between the United States and North Korea, but it seems that is not where the focus should be.

War seems to be brewing in the Middle East.

Israel has started heavy air strikes in Syria in retaliation of its F-16 fighter jet that was downed by Syria. 

The nation said on Saturday that it launched heavy air strikes in Syria and that it hit air defences and Iranian targets. 

The Syrian army had claimed to have brought down an Israeli F-16 that crashed on Saturday in northern Israel in a major escalation of tension.

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Hours after the downing of F-16, Israeli military said early assessments indicated the jet had been shot down by Syrian fire, but this was still unconfirmed.

Israel said later that it had attacked 12 additional targets, including three aerial defence batteries and four Iranian targets "that are part of Iran’s military establishment in Syria".

The F-16 crashed during a mission to strike Iranian drone installations in Syria, Israel said.

It sent its jets into Syria after shooting down an Iranian drone over Israeli territory earlier on Saturday.

The military alliance fighting in support of Assad denied any of its drones had entered Israeli air space.

In a statement, it said Israel had targeted an air base in the Homs desert that was being used to fly drones in missions against Islamic State.

Such “terrorist action” by Israel would be met with a “severe and serious response,” it said.

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The Israeli military spokesman said Israel did not seek escalation in the region, calling its action a “defensive effort triggered by an Iranian act of aggression”.

Iran’s expanding clout during Syria’s nearly seven-year-long war, including deployments of Iran-backed forces near the Golan frontier, has raised alarm in Israel.

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