Israel downs Iranian drone and strikes Syria, F 16 crashes

Reuters file

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashed after Syria responded with anti-aircraft fire to an Israeli operation in its territory.

"In response, the Israeli Defense Forces struck Iranian sites in Syria", it said.

He also said one of Israeli fighter jets was shot down during their Syria operation, but the pilot ejected and landed safely.

In retaliation the Israeli Air Force has launched air strikes against Iranian targets in Syria.

Israel alleges that their downed aircraft was targeting an Iranian drone before it went down; however, the Syrian military has claimed the downing of the F-16.

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It was one of the most serious incidents involving Israel, Iran and Syria since the start of the Syrian civil war nearly eight years ago.

An Iranian drone entered Israel from the Golan Heights Friday night, which the IAF shot down once it was in Israeli airspace.

Syrian anti-aircraft fire triggered rocket sirens in northern Israel. "Massive Syrian Anti-Air fire, one F16 crashed in Israel, pilots safe", said Conricus.

Syrian air defences opened fire in response to an Israeli act of "aggression" against a military base Saturday and hit "more than one plane", Syrian state media cited a military source as saying.

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