The Syrian military has hit an intruding Israeli F-16 warplane that attacked positions inside Syrian territory, sending it down in flames and smoke.

Syrian state TV reported that Syrian aerial defense had responded to Israeli “aggression” against an army base in central Syria.

The Israeli military confirmed that one F-16 had gone down in northern Israel, and that its two pilots had ejected and had been located and transferred to hospital.

The IDF responded with a strike on the drone’s launch site, including a control facility manned by Iranian operators. The military later launched a second wave of raids on a dozen Syrian and Iranian targets inside Syria.

An F-16I, operated by the Israeli military (file photo by AFP)An F-16I, operated by the Israeli military (file photo by AFP)

The Israeli military further claimed that it had attacked positions inside Syrian territory after it intercepted a drone launched from Syria on Saturday

Over the past years, Israel has frequently attacked targets in Syria, often claiming that it hit positions or convoys belonging to Iran.

A picture taken in the northern Israeli Kibbutz of Harduf on February 10, 2018, shows the remains of an Israeli F-16 that crashed after coming under fire by Syrian air defenses (AFP PHOTO / Jack GUEZ)

Once the Israeli bomber group reached their target “deep inside Syrian territory” they were met with “massive anti-aircraft fire” and one of the F-16s consequently didn’t make it home.

The Zionist media reported that the Syrian military had managed to intercept 70% of the dozens of missiles fired by Israel’s warplanes from Lebanese and Occupied Golan.

Out of 2 strike packages of four F-16I and four F-15I flying top cover, one F-16 was downed killing one pilot and injuring the RIO and another higher flying F-15 was severely damaged.

What happened is larger than a battle and a little less than a war. It will create new balances and rules of engagement in the region.

This is the first Israeli aircraft loss to Syria since 1982. Now Russia continues its delivery of Pantsir S1 short range anti-aircraft systems to Syria ordered in 2007.

The Jerusalem Post cited Israel’s Channel 2 as reporting that the Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv had temporarily halted air traffic.

PressTV.com / AA Magnum Analyst Blog News 2018.

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