Syrian UAV Intercepted in Northern Israel

The IDF on Wednesday fired a Patriot missile at an unmanned aerial vehicle that infiltrated Israeli territory from Syria. “The IDF condemns this breach of sovereignty and will continue to act in response to any attempts of aggression against Israeli civilians,” the military said in a statement

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An unmanned aerial vehicle entered Israeli territory on Wednesday and was intercepted by a Patriot missile over the Sea of Galilee.

According to an IDF release, the Patriot missile defense system identified the threat and tracked it until its interception.

During the incident, alarms sounded in the Golan and the Jordan Valley regional councils.

“The IDF condemns this breach of sovereignty and will continue to act in response to any attempts of aggression against Israeli civilians,” the military said in a statement.

IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said the Syrian reconnaissance drone, which is not believed to have been armed, flew some 10 kilometers into Israeli territory and fell south of the Sea of Galilee after it was intercepted. He added that it is still unclear whether the UAV entered Israel intentionally or not. 

Two attack helicopters and four fighter jets were reportedly scrambled as options to intercept it, but due to operational considerations a patriot missile was chosen for the mission, The Jerusalem Post adds.

The incident took place as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and reiterate that Israel will not tolerate an Iranian military presence in Syria.

Two weeks ago, a Patriot missile was fired toward a drone approaching Israel’s Golan Heights from Syria. According to the IDF, the UAV was not hit and retreated from the border area following the missile launch.

 

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