ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 143

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Injured navigator released from hospital after plane downed by Syrian fire

An Israeli navigator who was lightly injured after his F-16 was apparently shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire has been released from Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center, a hospital spokesperson says.

The pilot, who was seriously injured, remains in the hospital’s intensive care unit, though doctors say his condition has improved considerably from yesterday.

President Reuven Rivlin visiting IDF pilots injured when an Israeli F-16 was downed upon its return from Syria, February 11, 2018. (Mark Neiman/GPO)

The pilot is now conscious and has been taken off a respirator and is breathing on his own, doctors say.

— Judah Ari Gross

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