The Israeli air force shot down an unidentified drone on Saturday morning, around 10:00 am after it entered the country’s airspace from the Mediterranean Sea, an army spokesman and army radio reported.

According to AFP, soldiers are currently searching the area where the drone was downed, in open areas in the northern Negev, to locate and identify it, the spokesman added.

IDF Spokesperson Yoav Mordechai said that the aircraft was monitored and accompanied by fighter planes throughout its flight and that it was possible to shoot it down at any stage, “however, it was decided to intercept the aircraft near southern Mount Hevron for safety reasons.”

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IDF suspects UAV downed over Hevron area was sent by Hizbullah, possibly for Iranian intelligence.

Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich said Israeli  systems on the ground alerted the air force to the drone during the morning.

She said it flew over the Gaza Strip but did  not originate from the Palestinian territory, sparking the country to launch an  investigation into the drone’s starting point.

Leibovich did not give more details, but  Israel media reported that it might have been an intelligence gathering drone,  which was not carrying explosives.

She added that the Israeli air force was in  control throughout.

She said: ‘We had monitoring contact from the  ground and from the air.

‘We alerted jet planes that escorted  the  unmanned aerial vehicle and due to some operational considerations  we decided  to intercept the unmanned aerial vehicle in the northern  Negev area, which has  no population.’

It’s not the first time that Israel has shot  down drones entering its airspace.

The Iran-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah  has launched several into Israel over the past few years.

In the 2006 war, Hezbollah launched an  Iranian-made drone capable of carrying explosives into Israel that was shot  down.

Another one launched two years earlier  crashed in the Mediterranean.

Israel and Iran are bitter enemies and  tensions are high over Tehran’s nuclear program, which the West believes is  intended for atomic weapons.

Tehran insists its atomic program is for  peaceful purposes only.

Israel has hinted that military action should  be taken to prevent Iran from getting nuclear bombs.

Leibovich would not elaborate how the  unmanned vehicle was brought down. She said troops were searching for debris  from the drone.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak congratulated the  military.

‘We view this incident of attempting to enter  Israeli airspace very severely and we will consider our response later,’ he said  in a statement.

Source: Arutz Sheva and The Daily Mail


  1. Mi K’amchu Yisroel. Did they really think the IDF will not notice? If they did it as a test, they should have a very clear picture now.


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