Israel Shoots down Drone Flying over from Syria

14 July, 2018, 09:18 | Author: Donnie King
  • Israeli soldiers at an army base in the Golan Heights look out across the border with Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will be very important for Israel's security, Netanyahu's press service reported.

The Israel military says they attacked 3 military posts in Syria early on Thursday. The IDF retaliated by hitting three targets inside Syria, and a top Iranian general threatened Israel's destruction from just across the border.

"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 has been tense fighting in southern Syria in recent weeks as President Bashar Assad-backed by Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah fighters-has sought to retake the region from rebel groups.

Earlier this week, state media said air defences struck an Israeli warplane and shot down missiles targeting the T4 air base in Homs province.

The launchers of the drone were not identified but the spokesperson said that the military "holds the Syrian regime accountable for the actions carried out in its territory and warns it from further action against Israeli forces".




Graham seemed to concur with Putin's assessment that the Iranians can't be easily removed at this point, and instead wants to see a strong U.S. military presence in Syria, too.

Mr Putin and Mr Netanyahu had reportedly reached an agreement for Russian Federation to hold back Iranian-backed groups from the border before the Syrian regime began its offensive against rebels there last month.

"There should be no military forces in the area of separation other than those of UNDOF", a United Nations spokesman said.

Israel has its red lines inside Syria.

The patients, Israeli medical officials said, were not the walking wounded of the seven-year-old Syrian civil war but children with chronic health problems coming across the frontier for a day's treatment in a hospital in northern Israel.

The Israeli army said the unmanned aerial vehicle was intercepted by the missile after infiltrating 10 kilometers Israeli territory, and was shot down over the Sea of Galilee.

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