Israel Downs Syrian Spy Drone over Golan Heights

Frederick Owens
November 12, 2017

New details have emerged regarding the incident this morning in which Israel intercepted a Syrian UAV: The IDF reportedly checked in with the Russians before activating the Patriot defense system to shoot down the drone.

Two months ago, the IDF fired a Patriot missile after a drone was nearing Israel's airspace in the same area.

"The State of Israel regards with utmost seriousness any violation of its sovereignty and will respond with force to any provocation", Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement.

"It is apparently Russian-manufactured and belongs to the Syrian regime", military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus said.

The unmanned aerial vehicle was manufactured in Russian Federation, representative of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Jonathan Conricus told Sputnik.

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The drone was downed with a Patriot interceptor missile.

Israel has launched strikes inside Syrian territory in response.

The defense minister added that the Assad regime would be held accountable for any such violation, and that Israel would not permit the establishment of a Shi'ite axis in Syria to become a base for attacks. Syria demands its return.

The Golan, which Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 conflict, has seen spillover violence from the Syrian civil war.

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