TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – A retired Syrian military general hailed his country’s air defense for shooting down an Israeli fighter jet, saying the achievement has forced the Tel Aviv regime to stop carrying out sorties in the Syrian airspace.

In an interview with Press Shia Agency, Brigadier General Ali Maqsood said the Syrian army’s success to shoot down an Israeli F-16 fighter jet has made the Zionist regime abandon the strategy of aerial operations over Syria.

“It was proved to Zionist military commanders and Tel Aviv’s political officials that Israel’s aerial superiority is over,” the retired general added.

The downing of the Israeli warplane also highlighted the Syrian army’s defense capabilities and disproved the Israeli notion that offense could be an assuring policy, Maqsood said.

He also warned the Israeli army that military attacks on Syria would draw a harsh response from the Syrian army.

His comments came after the Israeli army launched attacks inside Syria after intercepting what it said was an Iranian drone.

The Israeli air raids began early on Saturday when the country's military said it had intercepted an unmanned aircraft over the city of Beit Shean “on a military mission sent and operated by Iranian military forces”.

The Zionist regime retaliated by sending at least eight jets to attack Syrian and alleged Iranian military bases. One of those planes, an F-16 fighter jet, were shot down by the Syria forces on return from that mission.