Israel disavows claims of Russian origin of downed 'Syrian spy drone'

Elias Hubbard
November 11, 2017

According to initial reports of the event, the drone belonged to the Syrian army and was being used for intelligence purposes.

The drone was intercepted by a Patriot missile in the demilitarized zone between the Israeli- and Syrian-controlled parts of the Golan, a military spokeswoman said in a statement.

"It is apparently Russian-manufactured and belongs to the Syrian regime", military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus said.

In September, Israel's military shot down what it said was an Iranian-made drone operated by arch-foe Hezbollah on a reconnaissance mission over the Golan.

An Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) approached Israel's airspace from Syria on Saturday.

Israel fears an eventual Assad victory could leave Iran with a permanent garrison in Syria, extending a threat posed from neighbouring Lebanon by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah and has been lobbying Russian Federation and the United States for reassurances that Iranian and Hezbollah forces will not be allowed to deploy near its border or set up bases within Syria.

Israel took control of the Golan Heights in a 1967 war. 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.

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