Israeli Patriot missile intercepts drone from Syria - IDF

Israel will not ‘rule out’ ties with Syrian govt – Defence minister

"Using a Patriot battery, the IDF intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle that infiltrated from Syria into Israeli territory", the IDF said in a statement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned his country will not allow Iran, its main enemy, to entrench itself militarily next door. On July 6, Israel struck a Syrian post that it said had shelled the Golan buffer zone.

"We are still looking into why it crossed - whether it was on a military mission and crossed on goal, or it strayed", said Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman.

There were no reports of injuries or damage over the drone's incursion.

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.

He added that military officials believe the drone was Syrian and that it could have been on an intelligence collecting mission, but it was not yet clear if it purposely entered Israel or strayed from its path.

He said the UAV had been tracked long before it entered Israel, flying through both Jordanian and Syrian air space. "The IDF will not allow any violation of Israeli airspace and will act against any attempt to hurt its civilians".


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian Federation on Wednesday that Israel does not intend to threaten Bashar al-Assad's regime and asked Moscow to work to remove Iranian forces from Syria, an Israeli official said.

"He now needs Russian fighter jets and militias that are commanded by Iran but after Assad controls the entire of Syria and emerges as the major victor in the civil war, he will want to go back to being the only ruler".

Responding to a reporter's question if Israel would establish some kind of relations with Syria, Lieberman responded: "Our assessment is that we are far from that, but we do not rule out anything".

Russian Federation is allied with Iran and has been the military backbone behind Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's slow-burning recapture of territory controlled by rebel forces during the country's seven-year-long civil war.

Israel has largely stayed out of the fighting in Syria but it has carried out dozens of airstrikes on alleged arms shipments bound for the militant group Hezbollah. Russian Federation has previously told Israel they don't have the capability of doing so, and that the Iranian presence is up to Syria.

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

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