Israel shot down an Iranian-made Hezbollah drone in the country’s north on Tuesday in the demilitarized zone between it and Syria.
The Israeli Defense Force said it “intercepted a UAV that attempted to infiltrate Israeli airspace in the Golan Heights.”
The unmanned ariel vehicle was taken out by a Patriot missile over the government-controlled Syrian town of Quneitra. It was tracked from the capital Damascus as it made its way southwest to the Israeli border.
Jets were scrambled by the Israeli Air Force but did not engage the drone.
BREAKING: A short while ago, the IDF intercepted a UAV that attempted to infiltrate Israeli airspace in the Golan Heights.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson)
“Israel will not allow Iran, Hezbollah or other forces to infiltrate or get near its territory in the Golan Heights,” an IDF spokesperson said in a statement.
The interception comes just hours before Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due to speak at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Mr Netanyahu’s speech at the annual conference reportedly is to touch on Iranian military involvement in Syria. Hezbollah militants have been repeatedly targeted by Israeli in deadly tensions between the militants and Tel Aviv.
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) September 19, 2017
Video purportedly shows Patriot missile hitting drone from Haaretz news agency.
More details to follow.