Israel Shoots Down Drone Over Golan Heights

GOLAN HEIGHTS (Reuters/Hamodia) —
A Patriot missile in action.
A Patriot missile in action.

Israel’s military shot down a drone that flew from Syria into Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights on Sunday.

It was not immediately clear who dispatched the unmanned aircraft or the nature of its mission, in an area where fighting from Syria’s civil war has occasionally spilled over into Israeli territory.

In a statement, the military said the drone was downed by a Patriot missile near the Quneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria.

The army did not say who the drone belonged to, but Army spokesperson Peter Lerner said it was Syrian.

There have been several cases of cross-border fire from the Syrian fighting over the past several days, with the Israeli army hitting back in some cases.

Over Shabbos, two mortar shells exploded inside Israel near the Israel-Syria border in the Golan Heights, causing no injuries or damage, according to reports.

The explosions were believed to be strays from fighting between rebel groups and government troops on the Syrian side of the Golan.

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