Drone from Syria approaches Israel, intercepted by Patriot missile

12 November, 2017, 03:20 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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"Moments ago, the IDF used a Patriot Missile to intercept a UAV that attempted to infiltrate Israeli airspace in the Golan Heights", the IDF wrote on Twitter.

The Israeli army said it had shot down a Russian-made Syrian drone carrying out a reconnaissance mission over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Saturday.

The military initially told Reuters the UAV was Russian-manufactured but offered no evidence.

"The state of Israel views with great severity any violation of sovereignty and will respond with force to any provocation", Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said in a statement.

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The military confirmed that the unmanned aerial vehicle was not an attack drone, and that it would investigate whether the drone had ties to Iran or Hezbollah. "We see the Syrian regime as responsible for any violation of Israel's sovereignty". The IDF said the drone was launched from Damascus and operated by Lebanon-based militant Shiite group Hezbollah.

"We have determined that it belonged to Syria".

In September, Israel intercepted a UAV after it infiltrated into the demilitarized zone on the Syrian-Israeli border in the Golan Heights.

The investigation of the incident earlier today (Saturday), in which an unmanned aerial vehicle from Syria was intercepted as it approached Israeli airspace, indicates that the UAV was actually manufactured in Russian Federation.

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