Israel warns Iran, Syria ‘playing with fire’ as fighter jet crashes during airstrikes


TEL AVIV, Israel — The Israeli military shot down an Iranian drone launched from Syria into Israeli airspace early Saturday in what the military described as a “severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty.”

The military said its planes faced “massive” anti-aircraft fire from Syria which forced two Israeli pilots to abandon their F-16 jet as they sought to target the drone’s launching pad. One pilot was severely injured and both were taken to hospital for medical treatment after they landed in Israeli territory.

In response Israel launched a “large-scale attack” on at least a dozen Iranian targets in Syria, marking a dramatic escalation in tensions along the country’s northern border.

Image:  Israeli war plane

The remains of an F-16 Israeli war plane can be seen near the Israeli village of Harduf.