Israel Shoots Down Hezbollah Drone With a Patriot Missile
Israel used a Patriot missile to take down a Hezbollah drone that attempted to infiltrate its airspace in the Golan Heights Monday, according to news reports.
Haaretz reports that Israel’s Air Force shot down the Iranian-made drone with a Patriot missile over the Golan Heights. Fighter jets were also scrambled to the area, but did not fire at the drone, the report said.
“A short while ago, the IDF intercepted a UAV that attempted to infiltrate Israeli airspace in the Golan Heights,” tweeted Israel Defense Forces (IDF) early Monday.
IDF officials told Fox News that the drone is an Iranian-made reconnaissance drone that took off from an air base in Syria and is believed to be operated by Hezbollah militants. The drone, which did not infiltrate Israeli territory, fell in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights.
The incident took place at 6:30 a.m. EST.
Earlier this year, Israel used a Patriot missile to take down a drone that attempted to infiltrate the country’s airspace from Syria. Israel’s sophisticated Arrow anti-missile system also scored its first hit earlier this year, when it intercepted a surface-to-air missile fired from Syria.
Israel has largely stayed out of the fighting in the Syrian civil war. But errant fire frequently spills over into the Israeli side of the Golan, which it captured from Syria in 1967.
In addition, Russian and Iranian forces are fighting in Syria in support of President Bashar Assad.
IDF officials declined to say if there was a contact with the Russian forces following Monday’s incident or if they intend to retaliate.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak at the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, where he is expected to discuss Iranian aggression.
Fox News’ Yonat Friling and the Associated Press contributed to this article.