JERUSALEM, The Israeli army launched a Patriot missile towards a Syrian drone, flying over the demilitarised zone, on Friday afternoon, according to a statement by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). The Syrian drone was "most likely" intercepted, said the Israeli army.
The IDF will "continue to operate against attempts to violate the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement, threats to Israeli sovereignty, or any attempt to harm Israeli civilians," added the IDF. This was the second case in which the Israeli air defences fired at a Syrian drone with a Patriot missile, within a week.
A Syrian drone was shot down on Wednesday, by Israeli army, with Patriot missile, after it travelled for approximately 10 km into Israel. The IDF said, the drone did not carry weapons and was designed to carry out surveillance missions.
The IDF also said, it "holds the Syrian regime accountable for the actions carried out in its territory, and warns against further actions against Israeli forces." In response to the infiltration of the intercepted Syrian drone, Israel's army struck three Syrian army positions, on Wednesday, midnight.
Israel is worried about the presence of Iran, ally of Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad's government, in Syria, and demands all Iranian forces completely withdraw from the war-torn country.
Israel has reportedly carried out several deadly air strikes, against Iranian and Iran-backed targets in Syria.
Source: Nam News Network