IDF Shoots Down Drone Near Syrian Border

Hezbollah's Drone Program Sets Precedents for Non-State Actors

Hezbollah's Drone Program Sets Precedents for Non-State Actors

Israel's Patriot missile defense system has shot down a drone on the border with Syria on Saturday, Israel's military has reported.

Israel shot down a Syrian military spy drone near the border on Saturday, the Israeli military said.

"It was a reconnaissance UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and not an attack UAV and we are checking whether there is any connection to Iran and Hezbollah", military spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, told Reuters.

In response, Israel sent out a second sortie of F-16 fighter jets to bomb an anti-aircraft battery that it believed launched the missile. "We will not allow the Shi'ite axis to become entrenched in Syria and use it as a base for forward operations".

"The State of Israel views with great severity any violation of sovereignty and will respond with force to any provocation", Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Leiberman said following the incident.

He also called on the Syrian regime to restrain all elements operating from its territory. The speaker stated that the audit failed to establish that the aircraft belongs to Syria. But it has carried out dozens of airstrikes on alleged arms shipments bound for Hezbollah.

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