February 16, 2018 / 3:32 PM / 8 months ago

Hezbollah leader - Israeli jet downed in Syria is 'very big' achievement

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said on Friday the downing of an Israeli jet in Syria last week was a “very big military achievement”.

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is seen on a video screen as he addresses his supporters in Beirut, Lebanon February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

On Saturday, Syrian anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli warplane returning from a bombing raid on Iran-backed positions in Syria in the most serious confrontation yet between Israel and Iran-backed forces in the country.

Reporting by Ellen Francis and Laila Bassam; Writing by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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