Early reports of a downed Israeli F-16 fighter jet apparently crashed shortly after an incursion into Syrian territory as retaliation for a drone that was shot down in Israeli airspace earlier.
As the “launch base of operations” believed responsible for the original drone from Syria was attacked by Israel,
the “pilot-less F-16 crashed”, possibly after being targeted by ground-to-air missile batteries.
The plane returned to northern Israel after the 2 pilots ejected.
Both pilots have been hospitalized, 1 is in serious condition.
Israel blames Iran for the support of the Syrian drone incident, and the resulting F-16 lost during the defensive/offensive retaliatory strike into Syria.
Israel has now launched an additional 12 strikes into Syria this morning, as retaliation for the lost F-16.
Russia is calling for calm, in order to avoid an escalation.
Iran denies responsibility for the original drone incident, stating they only provide military advice to Syria.