Israel Shoots Down Syrian Drone with Patriot Missile

Marsha Scott
September 22, 2017

The Israel Defense Forces shot down a Hezbollah drone before it entered Israeli airspace.

The military said it intercepted the incoming unmanned aerial vehicle, but was still verifying details of the incident.

Gen. Ronen Manelis stressed that although the drone had not entered Israeli airspace, "the IDF will not allow any infiltration or attempt to infiltrate by any Iranian elements, be it Hezbollah or Shi'ite militia group, of the Golan Heights".

The remotely piloted vehicle, intended for intelligence gathering missions, was identified as it took off from Damascus International Airport.

Earlier this year, Israel intercepted another drone that strayed into the Golan airspace from neighboring Syria. "We will respond to every action very clearly and we will act to prevent any such attempts".

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Israel and Hezbollah are bitter enemies and fought a monthlong war in 2006 that ended in a stalemate, and Israeli officials fear another war could break out in the future.

Israel seized 1,200sq/km of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the global community.

According to IDF Spokesman Brig. With various heavily armed radical groups battling President Bashar Assad, Syria is Israel's most unpredictable and unstable neighbor and poses one of the largest risks for a sudden escalation.

The Patriot interceptor missile was launched from a military installation in northern Israel, near the city of Safed.

Israel's multi-tier missile defense system includes the Arrow, created to intercept long-range ballistic missiles in the stratosphere with an eye on Iran, and Iron Dome, which defends against short-range rockets from the Gaza Strip.

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