Israel shoots down drone from Syria over Golan Heights

Israeli forces look out over the border fence between the Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights and Syria

The intercepted drone reportedly belonged to the Assad regime and was on an intelligence gathering mission in the Quneitra area of the border.

"Moments ago, the IDF used a Patriot Missile to intercept a UAV that attempted to infiltrate Israeli airspace in the Golan Heights", the IDF wrote on Twitter.

The military initially told Reuters the UAV was Russian-manufactured but offered no evidence.

"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 Hizballah", Conricus said.

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The defense minister added that the Assad regime would be held accountable for any such violation, and that Israel would not permit the establishment of a Shi'ite axis in Syria to become a base for attacks.

Israel says that it expects any agreement ending the war in Syria to include a 20-kilometer (12-mile) buffer zone meant to keep away Iranian-backed militants.

"We see the Syrian regime as responsible for any violation of Israel's sovereignty". The speaker stated that the audit failed to establish that the aircraft belongs to Syria.

Israel and Syria are still technically at war, though the armistice line on the Golan Heights had remained largely quiet for decades until civil war erupted in Syria in 2011.

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