Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Israel Shoots Down Hezbollah Drone in Syrian Airspace

Israel Shoots Down Hezbollah Drone in Syrian Airspace

The Israel Defense Forces shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by Hezbollah early Tuesday afternoon after the drone entered the demilitarized zone along the border between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights.

While the drone did not at any point cross into Israeli territory, "the IDF will not allow any infiltration or attempt to infiltrate by any Iranian elements, be it Hezbollah or Shia militia group, to the Golan Heights". In August 2014 another Patriot missile was used to destroy an unidentified drone entering Israel from the Quneitra region of Syria. He said Israeli warplanes had also been scrambled.

The IDF will act severely and attack against any such actions, said Manelis, adding: "We will respond to every such attempt".

The incident was not the first occasion that the IDF have intercepted drones on the Syrian border.

Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria after the 1967 Six-Day War and later occupied it in a move that has never been recognized by the worldwide community. With various heavily armed radical groups battling President Bashar Assad, Syria is Israel's most unpredictable and unstable neighbor and poses one of the largest risks for a sudden escalation.

Haimovitch told the press that the base would be established at the School of Air Defense, not disclosing whether the Americans would take part in any combat operations.

The IAF fired a Patriot missile and intercepted an Iranian-made drone that was about to breach Israeli airspace. Gen. Zvika Haimovich, the commander of Israel's aerial defense.

BISLACH AIR BASE, Israel-Israel and the United States inaugurated the first American military base on Israeli soil September 18, which will serve dozens of soldiers operating a missile defense system.

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