Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

IDF Shoots Down Drone Near Syrian Border

IDF Shoots Down Drone Near Syrian Border

The Israeli military said it shot down an unmanned aircraft on Saturday that tried to infiltrate its airspace from neighboring Syria.

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.

The reconnaissance drone was believed to be operated by the Syrian regime, reported CNN, quoting Israeli Army official as saying.

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In September, Israel shot down an Iranian-made drone sent by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah in the same area.

The zone has separated Israeli and Syrian forces since the ceasefire deal that followed their 1973 war. Israel has at times fired to foil what it deemed deliberate cross-border attacks and has struck suspected Hezbollah arms shipments around 100 times in Syria during the civil war.

"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. "We will not allow the Shiite axis to establish a front command center in Syria".

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

Israel has largely stayed out of the fighting in Syria.

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