Israeli Patriot Missile Shoots Down Syrian UAV

Israeli forces look out over the border fence between the Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights and Syria

Israeli Patriot Missile Shoots Down Syrian UAV

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

The Israeli military shot down the reconnaissance drone with a Patriot interceptor missile as it crossed into the Golan demilitarized zone, headed toward Israel.

IDF officials were quoted as saying that they believed the UAV had been sent to gather information about the Quneitra area, along the Israel-Syria border.

Russian Federation intervened in the civil war on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2015, joining a de-facto alliance with Iranian forces, Lebanese Hezbollah and other Shi'ite Muslim militias helping Damascus beat back Islamic State and other Sunni Muslim insurgent groups.

In a statement, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that Israel "considered the incident a serious violation of our sovereignty and will respond in an appropriate manner to such provocations". It fears Iran could use Syrian territory to stage attacks on Israel, or create a land corridor from Iran to Lebanon that could allow it to transfer weapons more easily to Hezbollah. 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.

"We have determined that it belonged to Syria". The drone was apparently a Syrian army drone on an intelligence collection mission, the IDF said.

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