IDF Patriot missile shoots down Syrian drone over Sea of Galilee

12 Julio, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Kelly Blake
  • Israel will not ‘rule out’ ties with Syrian govt – Defence minister

Israel has been on high alert as Assad's forces advance on rebels in the vicinity of the Golan Heights, much of which Israel captured from Syria in 1967 and annexed in a move not recognized internationally.

His remarks could foreshadow a more open approach to Assad ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Syria talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday.

According to the military, shortly after 3:15 p.m.an apparently unarmed Syrian drone entered Israeli airspace from Syria through the demilitarized zone between the two countries, after first passing over Jordan.

Here is a video of the Patriot being fired at the drone.

That the drone was able to travel approximately 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) into Israel before being shot down raised questions about the military's preparedness and ability to locate and intercept incoming aircraft.

Israel has signalled openness to eventual ties with Assad, a tacit acknowledgement that he is re-consolidating power as he routs Syria's rebels.

The IDF decried the infiltration as a violation of Israeli sovereignty.

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Wednesday's incident came as Netanyahu travelled to Russian Federation to meet President Vladimir Putin to discuss Syria. He added that the latter scenario was "not common".

Spillover fire from Syria's civil war has occasionally landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan.

Russian Federation is an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but has turned a blind eye to frequent sorties by Israeli aircraft against targets of Iran and the Hezbollah militant group in Syria.

Under Assad family rule, Syria held direct negotiations with Israel in the United States in 2000 and indirect talks mediated by Turkey in 2008.

"At the meeting [with Putin], the prime minister will make clear that Israel will not tolerate military entrenchment by Iran or its proxies anywhere in Syria, and that Syria must abide meticulously by the 1974 separation agreement", an official Israeli statement said.

According to the spokesman, the delay was due to initial uncertainty over who was operating the drone, specifically if it was being flown by Russian Federation, whose air force has been flying extensive missions over southern Syria to support dictator Bashar Assad's offensive against two rebel-held provinces in the area.

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