Israel Patriot missile intercepts drone from Syria: army

Cheryl Sanders
July 12, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian Federation on Wednesday that Israel would not seek to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but that Moscow should encourage Iranian forces to quit Syria, a senior Israeli official said.

While the Russian and Israeli leaders sat down for talks in the Kremlin, a senior Iranian envoy also headed to Moscow amid intensive Syria-focused diplomatic efforts ahead of Putin's summit in Helsinki on Monday with President Donald Trump. A Syrian commander said the drone was engaged in local operations.

The firing of a Patriot missile at the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) triggered rocket sirens in Israel's Golan Heights and Jordan Valley regions, and shortly after videos appeared on social media showing a trial of white smoke in the sky over Israel. "The IDF will not allow any violation of Israeli airspace and will act against any attempt to hurt its civilians".


Israel tracked the drone, until it decided it was time to blow it up.

On the other hand, Shoigu said that the United States is trying to destabilize the situation in Syria and to prolong the crisis in it, indicating that Washington hasn't allocated any money to help the Syrian civilians who have been affected by the war.

Israel says it has not taken sides in the Syrian civil war, but has bombed targets repeatedly in the war-torn country, typically weapons transfers to Hezbollah, a Lebanese militant group and regional rival, and sites affiliated with Iran. "Obviously, our focus is on Syria and Iran".


Netanyahu called the meeting "substantive", noting the importance of preventing misunderstandings before they occur rather than afterward. Russian Federation has been a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Syrian civil war and its forces on the ground have managed to turn the tide in Assad's favor in recent years.

"It is very important to Israel's national security", he added.

Israel is particularly anxious about the presence of Damascus ally Iran next door in Syria.


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