Israel again shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that entered its airspace from Syria on 13 July, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.
“A Patriot missile was launched towards a UAV that approached Israel from Syria,” – Israeli military spokesman said.
Israeli media reports that the Israeli army fired a Patriot missile from Safed.
Eyewitnesses in the northern city of Safed reported seeing the missile’s contrails in the sky at the time of the launch, The Jerusalem Post’s sister publication Maariv reported.
In an unconfirmed report, Syrian rebels stated that the drone was intercepted by the Israeli missile on the outskirts of the city of Quneitra.
#BREAKING: Likely another Patriot missile launched from northern #Israel. On Wednesday, a Patriot intercepted a drone that infiltrated some 6 miles into Israel from #Syria. Video: Eyal Ben Simon@i24NEWS_EN pic.twitter.com/l0ZQOEjd6q
— Shai Ben-ari (@ShaiBenari) 13 July 2018
This is the second drone downed by a Patriot missile in a week. On Wednesday, a Syrian drone penetrated Israeli airspace, flying 10 kilometers into Israel before being intercepted and falling into the Sea of Galilee.
On Wednesday, Israel fired a Patriot missile and took down the unmanned drone shortly after it infiltrated Israeli airspace. There were no reports of injuries over the drone’s incursion.
Footage of the Patriot missile intercepting the Syrian UAV that infiltrated Israeli territory today pic.twitter.com/g5MnjZLdyl
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 11 July 2018