Syria Claims It Shot Down Israeli Drone

Syria claims in unconfirmed report that its forces downed an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near the border with Lebanon.

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Syria claims its forces have downed an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near the border with Lebanon.

A report broadcast Wednesday on Syria's state-run Mayadeen TV claimed government forces shot down the drone over the village of Deir al Ashayer, about 15 miles west of Damascus and not far from where an alleged Israeli  strike on a chemical weapons processing plant took place last month.

A separate report published by the Damas Post quoted local witnesses who said they saw a surface-to-air missile fired from Syria hit the drone, and burning wreckage falling from the sky over the eastern Lebanese village of Yanta.

The event was not reported in the Syrian state-run SANA news agency, and there was no comment by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's office.

On Wednesday there were numerous reports in Lebanese media about Israeli warplanes conducting “mock raids” over southern Lebanon, and multiple reconnaissance flights over towns and villages around the country.

Earlier this week, Israeli submarines were reported by Lebanese media to be cruising off the coast of Lebanon between Sidon and Nakura. French tracking installations had allegedly informed the United Nations the subs were detected.

A week ago, four Israeli warplanes were spotted flying in Lebanese air space on what appeared to be intelligence-gathering missions. Two of the planes appeared above Kafrkila village, and then circled over various regions before leaving several hours later from above Rmeish village. Two others began at the same starting point but circled a different route before leaving some time later from over Aima Sha'ab village.