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Israel claims to shoot down drone ‘launched from Syria’

JERUSALEM (Agencies): Israeli air defenses successfully intercepted a drone launched from Syrian territory, the Israeli army claimed Wednesday.

Before the alleged drone was shot down, air-raid sirens were reportedly sounded in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights region.

In a statement, the army said that the drone — which was reportedly downed by a Patriot missile — had originated “from Syrian territory”.

The army has not yet specified whether the UAV was downed, whom it belonged to and what task it was performing.

Following the incident, the IDF stated that it “will not allow any violation of Israeli airspace and will act against any attempt to hurt its civilians.”

The interception occurred after last week’s incident when the Israeli aircraft hit positions of the Syrian army in the Golan Heights as a retaliation for the shell that landed in the area controlled by Tel Aviv.

Notably, the alleged incident coincided with the arrival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Moscow, where he is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In earlier statements, Netanyahu had said that his meeting with Putin would focus on Syria and Iran’s military presence in that country.



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