(VIDEO) | Israel says downed Russian-made Syrian spy drone over Golan Heights
Israel shot down a Syrian spy drone over the Golan Heights on Saturday, the Israeli military said.
The drone was downed with a Patriot interceptor missile over the Golan demilitarized zone that has separated Israeli and Syrian forces since the ceasefire deal that followed their 1973 war.
The military initially told Reuters the UAV was Russian-manufactured but offered no evidence. A military source later said it was unclear whether the UAV was indeed Russian-made.
“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.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel viewed the incident gravely and would respond to any provocation.
“We hold the Syrian regime responsible for any firing or breach of sovereignty and call on it to hold back all players active in its territory,” Lieberman said in a statement.
Video shows Israeli Patriot missiles lunched to Hit the Drone