The Israeli military says one of its F-16 fighter jets was shot down by Syrian antiaircraft fire after it struck "Iranian sites" in the country in retaliation for a drone flight that crossed into Israeli territory.

The Israeli military said early on February 10 that the F-16 jet went down in northern Israel. It said two crew members were recovered and taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Israeli news site Ynet quoted the military as saying that one of the pilots who ejected from the F-16 was seriously injured.

Video footage from northern Israel showed what looked like white aircraft debris scattered on the ground.

The Israeli Defense Force "has targeted the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle] into Israeli airspace," Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said on Twitter.

"Massive Syrian Anti-Air fire, one F16 crashed in Israel, pilots safe," he added.

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