by Andrew Friedman/TPS
Air defense units shot down an unmanned aircraft along the Golan Heights border with Israel as it flew in the direction of Israeli airspace, an Israel Defense Forces spokesman said on Tuesday afternoon.
An Iranian manufactured unmanned aircraft used for intelligence gathering and operated by Hezbollah had taken off from Damascus Airport, headed in the direction of the Golan and operated along the buffer zone without penetrating into Israel. We scrambled jets and fired a Patriot missile which shot down the UAV,” said IDF spokesman Colonel Ronen Manelis.
“The IDF will not allow Iranian sponsored terror groups, Hezbollah, Shi’ite militias or global Jihad to penetrate or approach the border region along the Golan Heights. We will react to every incident clearly and unequivocally to prevent any such attempt.”
No injuries or property damage were reported.
The army said air force jets were patrolling the skies over the north and communities in the area were placed on a higher stage of alert.
Lebanese sources reported shortly after the incident that Israel jets had entered Lebanese airspace and fired two to four missiles into Syria, apparently at the launching pad for the UAV.