The situation in the Middle East took a drastic turn for the worse early Saturday morning.
An Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, entered Israeli airspace and was shot down by Israeli forces.
Immediately after, Israeli F-16s attacked Iranian targets in Syria.
The focus of the strike was reportedly the facility from where the Iranian drone was piloted.
During the raid, Iranian-operated Syrian anti-aircraft managed to shoot down one of the Israeli F-16s.
The plane crashed inside Israeli territory, and the pilots safely ejected before being hit.
Syrian media claimed that more than one Israeli aircraft was shot down.
In the following hours, Israeli aircraft bombed as many as 18 additional Syrian and Iranian military installations and mobilized ground forces in the Golan Heights border region in preparation for an escalation.
A statement released by the Israeli military read:
“The IDF is following events and is fully prepared for further action according to decisions and need.”
Source: Times of Israel,conservativepost.com