Israel launches patriot missile toward Syrian drone

The Israeli military launched a patriot missile in the northern part of the Golan Heights, toward an unmanned aerial vehicle that was flying in the direction of Israel’s air-space. According to the IDF, the unidentified drone retreated unharmed, following the launching of the patriot-missile, returning to an area controlled by President Bashar Assad’s forces.

According to a commander in the regional alliance supporting the Assad regime, “The unmanned aerial vehicle serves the Syrian Army in operations for intelligence gathering in southern Syria.” In response to the incident, the Israel Defense Forces warned that they “will not allow a violation of Israel’s sovereignty and will act against any attempt to harm its citizens,” while noting that the military’s “air defense system, just like the detection system, identified the threat in advance, before it had crossed into Israeli territory,” and dealt with the threat immediately.