Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet it said had breached its airspace

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An worldwide effort, including the United States and Canada, backed the evacuation attempt, which saw the civilians transferred through Israel to Jordan.

The Syrian government has condemned a multilateral operation to evacuate hundreds of rescue workers from the war-torn country as a "criminal process" meant to destabilise Syria.

The strikes have led to condemnation from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, but Israel has maintained good relations with Russian Federation and has coordinated its actions in Syria with Moscow.

The fate of the other pilot remains unknown, said the official, who is with the so-called Axis of Resistance that is led by Iran and includes Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and other groups fighting alongside Assad's forces. The planes are mostly used for dropping unguided munitions, and have common in airstrikes against rebel-held territory across Syria. "I therefore authorised their transfer via Israel to other countries as an important humanitarian gesture", Netanyahu said. The flight of White Helmets members from Syria following an amnesty declared by Damascus proves they fear that their crimes might be further exposed, Russia's Permanent Mission to the European Union said in a statement on Wednesday.

Another almost 400 people were meant to be pulled out as well. The camera then panned to what the correspondent said was a United Nations post on the other side of the fence and an Israeli post about 400 yards away.

Hadashot TV news said they fell into the Sea of Galilee; the IDF said it was confirming exactly where the projectiles landed.

During previous evacuations from fallen opposition areas elsewhere, White Helmet volunteers have been targeted by government forces, removed from buses and forced into making "false confessions" about being paid agents, a source told the Associated Press. The U.N. refugee body praised Jordan's move to give them temporary sanctuary. The White Helmets have repeatedly blamed the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against its own people, but have been accused of staging those very incidents in order to justify Western military intervention in the country. A similar operation would be established in Lebanon, he said.

A sliver of land along the frontier, on the Syrian side, is still in the hands of IS. Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six Day war, in a move never recognised internationally.

The rescuers and their families are expected to be resettled in Europe and Canada. It included: "We really feel deep ethical obligation for these take on and also generous individuals".

But the worldwide players appear unlikely to pull together the will for another rescue.

He said Israel has been working for more than a year to make Russian Federation understand how "crucial" the Iranian issue is for Israel.