Sunday, August 31, 2014

IDF shoots down drone that entered Israeli air space from Syria

(JPost) The IDF shot down a drone that entered Israeli air space from Syria on Sunday. The air force fired a surface to air Patriot missile to intercept the drone, which had come from the Quneitra region in Syria, adjacent to the Israeli border. "The IDF will not tolerate a breach of the state of Israel's sovereignty," the army said.

Army sources said the drone likely belonged to the military of the Assad regime, and strayed into Israeli airspace by accident.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon responded to the interception of the drone said Israeli air defense personnel have "once again proven their high alertness and professionalism."

He added that Israel will not allow "any breach of our sovereignty or attempt to harm our civilians and soldiers in the North, whether deliberate or accidental. Recent weeks have proven that our patience for for attempts to harm us is short, and if someone attempts to test us, we will know know how to respond aggressively."