BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – At approximately 6:30 A.M. this morning, an Israeli F-16 fighter jet was shot down while flying over the western countryside of Damascus.
According to preliminary reports from Damascus, the F-16’s pilots were able to eject from their planes after it was struck by an anti-aircraft missile.
The two pilots are safe and landed in Israeli territory.
Israeli media claims the F-16 was downed by an Iranian drone that was flying along the Israeli-Syrian border; however, pro-government media claims the aircraft was downed by the Syrian Air Defense.
The downing of this Israeli F-16 marks the first time during this war that an Israeli warplane has been shot down.