Published: Thu, July 12, 2018

Israel fires missile at drone that entered from Syria

Israel fires missile at drone that entered from Syria

Israel seized a large swathe of the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, in a move never recognised by the global community.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned his country will not allow Iran, its main enemy, to entrench itself militarily next door.

The drone was an intelligence-gathering aircraft and belonged to the Syrian government and its remains have already been retrieved just south of the Sea of Galilee, nearly ten kilometers (six miles) inside Israel, an army spokesman told reporters.

It was the second time in less than three weeks Israel says it fired a Patriot missile at a drone that flew across the frontier.

The drone had come from Syria, traveled into Jordan, and then crossed over into Israel.

"A drone penetrated from Syria's territory to Israel's territory several hours ago".


"They (Russia) have an active interest in seeing a stable Assad regime and we in getting the Iranians out".

The IDF's top spokesman, Brigadier General Ronen Manelis, said that "the IDF will not allow violation of Israeli airspace and will act against any attempt to harm its citizens". He added that the latter scenario was "not common".

"We know about your concerns, let's have a thorough talk about them", Putin told Netanyahu before reporters were asked to leave the room.

This meeting comes a week before Putin will meet President Trump, and Netanyahu may try to use his close ties to Trump as an advantage in the Wednesday talks. "I very much appreciate the direct, unmediated and excellent contact that I have with the Russian president". In the past, Putin has turned a blind eye to Israeli strikes on Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria while making clear Russian Federation does not want Assad's rule endangered.

"At the meeting (with Putin), the prime minister will make clear that Israel will not tolerate military entrenchment by Iran or its proxies anywhere in Syria, and that Syria must abide meticulously by the 1974 separation agreement", an official Israeli statement said.

According to the spokesman, the delay was due to initial uncertainty over who was operating the drone, specifically if it was being flown by Russian Federation, whose air force has been flying extensive missions over southern Syria to support dictator Bashar Assad's offensive against two rebel-held provinces in the area.

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