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Hezbollah says Israeli drone downed over Syria

Discussion in 'Israel & Middle East News' started by Chris, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Hezbollah says Israeli drone downed over Syria
    March 20, 2017 23:48
    The IDF Spokesperson's Unit says the drone "fell" yesterday and that it wasn't downed.
    IDF soldier with a drone

    Hezbollah said on Monday that the Syrian military shot down an Israeli drone above Quneitra, in the Syrian-occupied part of the Golan Heights, according to a report by Hezbollah-affiliated TV network Al Manar. Minutes later, the Syrian Defense Ministry released a statement that its air defense unit had shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle over the outskirts of Quneitra, though did not specify the drone's origin. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said early Tuesday morning that the drone fell in Syria yesterday and that it wasn't downed. Hezbollah media showed alleged pictures of the UAV, which they say was a Skylark drone.

  2. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Syrian army: We downed Israeli drone
    Syrian army claims it downed Israeli drone in the Kuneitra area. IDF: No information was leaked.
    Elad Benari, 20/03/17 23:42 | updated: 00:21
    An IAF UAV

    The Syrian army claimed on Monday evening it downed an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the Kuneitra area. Media outlets affiliated with the Hezbollah terrorist group also published what they claimed were pictures of the downed Israeli drone, but they did specify when it was allegedly downed. The IDF confirmed that a “Sky Rider” type drone had fallen in Syrian territory. It was emphasized that no information was leaked from the aircraft and that the circumstances of the incident were being investigated. On Sunday night, Syrian media reported that Israel had attacked Syrian military positions and Hezbollah targets in the Qalamoun Mountains, along the Syrian-Lebanese border.

    Earlier, it had been reported in Syria that an unmanned aerial vehicle operated by the Israeli Air Force opened fire on a car near Kuneitra. According to the reports, the driver of the vehicle, who was not identified, was eliminated in the attack. Israel did not comment on those reports. The reports come amid the latest tensions between Israel and Syria, which began on Thursday night, when Israel attacked targets in Syria, in what Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu later said was a shipment of weapons meant for Hezbollah. Syria responded to the Israeli airstrikes by launching several anti-aircraft missiles towards the Israeli aircraft.

    Meanwhile on Monday, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad discussed the Israeli airstrikes on Syrian territory, saying he relies on the Russian administration to prevent future Israeli attacks. "Russia has an important role in preventing a future confrontation with Israel," said Assad, according to Arab media networks.


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