Israeli Patriot missile intercepts drone from Syria, army says

  • Israeli Patriot missile intercepts drone from Syria, army says

Israeli Patriot missile intercepts drone from Syria, army says

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.

While the Russian and Israeli leaders sat down for talks in the Kremlin, a senior Iranian envoy also headed to Moscow amid intensive Syria-focused diplomatic efforts ahead of Putin's summit in Helsinki on Monday with President Donald Trump.

He added that military officials believe the drone was Syrian and that it could have been on an intelligence collecting mission, but it was not yet clear if it purposely entered Israel or strayed from its path.

Russian Federation was already working to distance Iranian forces from areas of Syria near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and had proposed that they be kept 80 km (50 miles) away but this fell short of Israel's demand for a full exit, the official said.

The Israeli military said on Wednesday that it had shot down a drone from Syria that had entered its airspace.

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, called on the U.N. Security Council to condemn Wednesday's drone incident as a "dangerous act that not only threatens Israel, but the stability of the entire region".

Israel has carried out scores of air strikes on suspected Iranian or Hezbollah deployments and arms transfers in Syria, seeing these as a greater threat than Assad and warning him not to abet them.

On June 24, Israel's military said it launched a Patriot missile at an incoming unmanned aerial vehicle, which turned away unharmed.

"In recent weeks we are prepared for the possibility of Israeli sovereignty being violated as a result of the fighting in Syria", Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson Ronen Manelis said.

"We are still looking into why it crossed - whether it was on a military mission and crossed on objective, or it strayed", he said, while adding that the latter scenario was "not common". Early reports are suggesting Netanyahu is going to offer a major trade with an eye toward getting Russian Federation to kick the Iranians out of Syria. In the past, Putin has turned a blind eye to Israeli strikes on Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria while making clear Russian Federation does not want Assad's rule endangered.

"A few hours ago, a Syrian aircraft infiltrated Israel's airspace", he said.