Israel Patriot missile intercepts drone from Syria: army

Frederick Owens
July 12, 2018

State news agency SANA said Syria's air defenses blocked the attack.

The drone shot down by the IDF was an intelligence-gathering aircraft and belonged to the Syrian government and its remains have already been retrieved just south of the Sea of Galilee, nearly ten kilometers (six miles) inside Israel, an army spokesman told reporters.

In recent days, Israel has noted the serious refugee problem created by the Syrian regime's routing of areas in southern Syria near the border with Jordan.

"The UAV infiltrated the Israeli border from Syria, the IDF said".

Israel fired a Patriot missile at an unmanned drone that entered its airspace from Syria on Wednesday, the military said, warning it would not tolerate such infiltrations, which have occurred several times over the past year.

That the drone was able to travel approximately 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) into Israel before being shot down raised questions about the military's preparedness and ability to locate and intercept incoming aircraft.

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Israel threatened a "harsh response" on Monday to any attempt by Syrian forces advancing against southern rebel areas to deploy in a Golan Heights frontier zone that was demilitarized under a 44-year-old United Nations monitored truce between the neighboring foes.

"We won't take action against the Assad regime, and you get the Iranians out", the official, who requested anonymity, quoted Netanyahu as telling Putin during a meeting in Moscow.

This is Netanyahu's third meeting with Putin this year and the ninth since 2015 when Russian Federation began supporting the Syrian government militarily against rebels.

But it has carried out scores of air strikes on suspected Iranian or Hezbollah deployments and arms transfers in Syria, and only hours after the latest batch of patients came across, sirens sounded in the Golan when an Israeli missile intercepted a drone from Syria. "We will discuss Syria, we will discuss Iran, we will discuss Israel's security needs", Netanyahu told reporters before leaving. I very much appreciate the excellent direct connection, without intermediaries, between myself and the Russian president.

Russian Federation is an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but has turned a blind eye to frequent sorties by Israeli aircraft against targets of Iran and the Hezbollah militant group in Syria.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Israeli army said the downed drone may have been on an intelligence mission.

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