IDF strikes Hezbollah positions in the Syrian Golan Heights
BREAKING: Reports of several Israeli strikes on Hezbollah terror group positions in Quneitra, in the Syrian Golan Heights, in response to the unmanned aircraft that entered Israel’s airspace today and was shot down over the Kinneret Lake.
— Behind The News (@Behind__News) July 12, 2018
“The IDF targeted three military posts in Syria in response to the infiltration of the Syrian UAV into Israel that was intercepted by the IDF earlier today.
“The IDF will continue to operate determinedly and decisively against any attempts to hurt Israeli civilians and breaches of Israeli sovereignty.
“The IDF holds the Syrian regime accountable for the actions carried out in its territory and warns it from further action against Israeli forces.
“The IDF is highly prepared for many different scenarios and will continue to act as necessary in order to ensure the safety of Israeli civilians”, the IDF said in a statement.
A Patriot missile was fired at a Syrian drone on Wednesday afternoon, the IDF said, prompting a rocket-alert siren to go off in several communities in the Golan Heights.
“After we closely monitored the UAV and ensured that all the necessary conditions were met, we decided to intercept it with one Patriot missile,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, Head of the International and Social Media Branch.
Watch: Patriot missile launched at unmanned aircraft sent to Israel from Syria. The drone was intercepted over the Kinneret Lake, 10km from the border with Syria. https://t.co/iAk6VtRTEm pic.twitter.com/ChcLsuJ8p6
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The UAV crossed 6 miles (10 km) into Israeli territory from Syria after flying over Jordan. The monitoring process, which allowed the IDF to track the UAV, played a key role in the interception of the drone and allowed the IDF to ensure to whom the drone belonged.