Israel intercepts drone headed toward Golan Heights

Cheryl Sanders
September 21, 2017

"Hezbollah has over 10,000 fighters deployed in southern Syria".

The drone did not breach Israeli airspace when it was shot down, but had crossed the cease-fire line.

"We managed to take down that drone, and it only goes to show the IDF's preparedness", commented Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Speaking of the truce in southern Syria, under the auspices of Russian Federation and the United Nations, the commander said that the "de-escalation plan is better for us".

Israel has shot down what it claims was an Iranian-supplied Hezbollah reconnaissance drone over the Syrian border only before a speech at the United Nations by the country's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in which he is expected to warn of the growing threat from Iran and its proxies on Israel's northern border. "As I've said in the past, we don't intend to again suffer from any threats or any attempts to harm the security of the State of Israel".

IDF intelligence says the unmanned aerial vehicle was launched from Damascus Military Airport by Lebanon's Hezbollah movement and infiltrated Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights.

Herzog stated that he expects Hezbollah to continue using reconnaissance drones against Israel as it is "one of the more effective ways to collect intelligence", explaining that the group uses them "from time to time and of course this is something that can not be tolerated and therefore we had to intercept it".

It is not verified whether the Iranian drone was armed with missiles.

The spokesman added that the UAV was downed by a missile launched from a Patriot system and fell in the Golan Heights demilitarized zone. It has been deployed in Israel since the 1990s, but first saw anti-aircraft combat during the 2014 Gaza war, when a battery shot down an unmanned Hamas aircraft over the port of Ashdod.

The incident comes a day after the U.S. opened its first official permanent military base in Israel.

Jerusalem fears that the Iranian presence in that area would serve as a springboard for terrorist groups to attack Israel in the future.

Earlier this month the Israeli army carried out its largest drill in 20 years, simulating a war with Hezbollah.

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