Israel Shoots Down Iranian Drone With Patriot Missile

Posted September 22, 2017

Israel's military fired a Patriot missile on Tuesday to bring down what it said was an Iran-made drone operated by Hezbollah on a reconnaissance mission over the Golan Heights. -Gen, Ronen Manelis, the drone which took off from Damascus International Airport and crossed the demilitarized zone before being intercepted by one Patriot missile. When the Air Force's air defense control center identified the drone entering the demilitarized zone on the Golan, approximately at 1:30 pm local time (6:30 am EST), the IDF made a decision to shoot it down.

"Our message is: The IDF [Israel Defence Forces] will not allow any violation of Israeli sovereignty and we will not allow Iranian forces, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad or Shia militias of any kind to approach the Israeli borders", Conricus said. The IDF used two Patriot missiles last summer to fire on a drone sent from Syria that breached Israel's airspace. "We will respond to every action very clearly and we will act to prevent any such attempts".

A Patriot Missile system in Israel.

Fighter jets were also scrambled to the area, but did not engage the target. Israel's pioneers have been profoundly aggravated nowadays due to their present experiences of what had been regarded to be increasing sense of danger out of the Iranian nation in addition to their intermediaries who are within the Syrian nation - as well as by a hesitance on the side of the American president's organization to make a move.

Back in April 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu officially admitted for the first time that the regime's military had conducted strikes in Syrian territory.

Officials from Syria, Hezbollah and Iran had no immediate comment on the incident.