IDF downs Syrian drone

Israeli Patriot missile intercepts Syrian drone approaching Israeli airspace.

Ido Ben Porat,

Patriot missile
Patriot missile
IDF spokesperson

A Syrian drone nearing Israeli territory in the Golan Heights was intercepted and shot down by a Patriot missile fired from an undisclosed area near Tzfat.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) said that "the State of Israel takes any attempt to harm its sovereignty very seriously, and will respond harshly to any provocation."

"We see the Syrian government as responsible for all missiles and any violation of our sovereignty. We call on the Syrian government to rein in all those acting in its territory.

"We will not allow the Shiite axis to use Syria as a base for expanded operations. The unmanned aerial vehicle was sent to gather intelligence, and seems to belong to the Syrian regime."

The drone neared Israel's border at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning, at which point the IDF fired a Patriot missile and called up several other aircraft, in keeping with standard protocol.