http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Confl ... ria-542191
In a major flare up on Israel’s northern border, Israel carried out a large-scale attack against Syrian air defenses and Iranian targets in the war-torn country after an Israeli F-16 crashed during operations to strike Iranian targets in Syria early Saturday morning.
The operation, which was carried out by eight Israeli jets, struck 12 targets in Syria including thee Syrians SA5 and SA17 air defense batteries and four Iranian targets near the town of Kiswah, which is home to Syria’s 1st armored division and part of the Islamic Republic’s buildup in Syria.
One Israeli F-16 crashed in the Beit Netofa Valley in the Lower Galilee. It is unclear if the F-16 was shot down or crashed for some other reason, but the Israeli raid was apparently met with heavy Syrian anti-aircraft fire. Both crew members are now safe, but were taken to hospital. One of the pilots was severely wounded while the other one was slightly injured per the IDF.
This would be the first time the Israeli's have lost a combat aircraft in a combat situation since 2006 when a Israeli CH-53 was shot down over Lebanon, killing everyone onboard.