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Israel Patriot missile intercepts unarmed drone from Syria: Army


AFP
JERUSALEM
ISRAEL fired a Patriot missile on Wednesday to intercept what initial findings showed was an unarmed Syrian drone that may have been on an intelligence mission, the army said.
It was not clear if the unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, strayed across Syria's ceasefire line with Israel unintentionally.
"UAV from Syria intercepted by Patriot missile, causing sirens in Golan and Emek HaYarden Regional Councils," an army statement said.
Emek HaYarden is a region located southwest of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said the object was apparently an"unarmed Syrian UAV, which appears to have been on an intelligence collection mission."
Israeli forces tracked the UAV, which had flown over Jordan before heading back to Syrian airspace, from where it crossed the ceasefire line with Israel.
Four fighter jets and two helicopters tracked it, the military said.
"Once the optimal conditions existed we decided to intercept the UAV with one Patriot missile," Conricus said, noting the Israeli army had first ensured it was not a Russian UAV.
The remains of the UAV and the Patriot were found on the southern shore of the Sea of Galilee, some 10 kilometres (six miles) beyond the ceasefire line with Syria, Conricus said.
It was still unclear to the army whether the UAV had deliberately entered Israeli airspace or erroneously"strayed" in, Conricus told reporters in a telephone briefing.

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