Early this morning, Reuters reported that Israel has intercepted and downed a Syrian reconnaissance drone approaching its northern border over Golan Heights.
The drone was shot down by the US-MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) system…
Over the Golan demilitarized zone that has separated Israeli and Syrian forces since the ceasefire after the 1973 war.
The official Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Twitter confirmed…
Moments ago, the IDF used a Patriot Missile to intercept a UAV that attempted to infiltrate Israeli airspace in the Golan Heights
In another report, the IDF initially told Reuters it was a ‘Russian-manufactured’ UAV, but offered no evidence.
The military initially told Reuters the UAV was Russian-manufactured but offered no evidence. A military source later said it was unclear whether the UAV was indeed Russian-made.
Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, told Reuters “it was a reconnaissance UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and not an attack UAV and we are checking whether there is any connection to Iran and Hezbollah”.
In response to the incident, “the State of Israel regards with utmost seriousness any violation of its sovereignty and will respond with force to any provocation,” made in a statement by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liebermam.
Sputnik provides the backdrop of why tensions are high in ‘disputed Golan Heights’ between Israel and Syria,
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