As you know, Iran sent a drone into Israeli territory on Saturday, which was shot down by an Israeli Apache helicopter. The IDF retaliated by taking out the launch site and destroying key facilities on the Iranian airbase in Syria. Unfortunately, amidst those attacks, an anti-aircraft missile hit an Israeli F-16 fighter jet, causing the pilots to turn the plane back toward Israel and eject. The jet crashed in the Galilee area but the pilots successfully parachuted to safety.
The IDF has released information and statements regarding the incident, indicating they do not want escalation, but vow to respond even stronger if threatened again by Iran. Here is information and various statements from IDF officials:
- Air Force Strikes Iranian Targets in Syria – including photos, a map and a timeline of events
- Israel Says Iran, syria ‘playing with fire’ but does not want escalation – calling this “the most blatant and severe Iranian violation of Israeli sovereignty.”
- IDF Official: Response to Future Iranian Violations will be More Forceful – IDF officials stating “The next incident is only a matter of time.”