Israel Fires Patriot Missile at Drone Coming From Syria

Israel will not ‘rule out’ ties with Syrian govt – Defence minister

The plateau is not recognised internationally as Israeli territory.

While the Russian and Israeli leaders sat down for talks in the Kremlin, a senior Iranian envoy also headed to Moscow amid intensive Syria-focused diplomatic efforts ahead of Putin's summit in Helsinki on Monday with President Donald Trump.

The drone was an intelligence-gathering aircraft and belonged to the Syrian government and its remains have already been retrieved just south of the Sea of Galilee, nearly ten kilometers (six miles) inside Israel, an army spokesman told reporters.

On June 24, Israel's military said it launched a Patriot missile at an incoming drone from Syria, which turned away unscathed.

Israeli officials said the unmanned drone triggered rocket alert sirens in Golan Heights and Jordan Valley near the Israel-Syria border, and was flown into Israel through Jordan.

This is the second time in a month that Israel has intercepted a drone flying in from Syria. Russian Federation has previously told Israel they don't have the capability of doing so, and that the Iranian presence is up to Syria. "We intercepted it and we will continue to act decisively against any spillover and any infiltration of Israeli territory or airspace".

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Israel worries that Assad could let his Iranian and Hezbollah allies gain a foothold near Israeli lines. In exchange, Putin will expel the Iranians and their supporters from Syria, thus granting Netanyahu a historic victory.

"We are still looking into why it crossed - whether it was on a military mission and crossed on goal, or it strayed", he said, while adding that the latter scenario was "not common". Russian Federation has been a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Syrian civil war and its forces on the ground have managed to turn the tide in Assad's favor in recent years.

It also came days after Syria accused Israel of conducting an airstrike against the T-4 air base in central Syria, which Israeli officials have said is used as a headquarters for Iranian forces in the country.

Under Assad family rule, Syria held direct negotiations with Israel in the United States in 2000 and indirect talks mediated by Turkey in 2008.

A drone, or UAV, "infiltrated the Israeli border from Syria", prompting Israel to activate its Patriot missile defense system, according to the Israeli Defense Force.

According to the spokesman, the delay was due to initial uncertainty over who was operating the drone, specifically if it was being flown by Russian Federation, whose air force has been flying extensive missions over southern Syria to support dictator Bashar Assad's offensive against two rebel-held provinces in the area.

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