Saturday, 6 October 2012

Israel says its air force shoots down unidentified drone

An Israeli Heron TP, also known as the IAI Eitan, unmanned reconnaissance drone (file photo)

An Israeli Heron TP, also known as the IAI Eitan, unmanned reconnaissance drone (file photo)
Sat Oct 6, 2012 3:18PM GMT
The Israeli army says its air force has shot down an unidentified unmanned aerial vehicle near the Mediterranean Sea.

The military said in a statement on Saturday that the drone "was intercepted by the Israeli Air Force at approximately 10 a.m. (0700 GMT)".

Israeli Soldiers are currently searching the area where the drone was downed, in open areas in the northern Negev desert, to locate and identify it, the statement added.

Israel's own drones have also crashed in and around the occupied territories in recent years.
The Israeli regime conducts airstrikes and ground attacks against the besieged Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip on an almost regular basis.

Israeli reconnaissance planes have usually violated the Lebanese airspace, despite UN Security Council Resolution 1701 which brokered a ceasefire in the war Israel launched against Lebanon in 2006.

In 2009, Lebanon filed a complaint with the United Nations, presenting over 7,000 documents pertaining to Israeli violation of the Lebanese territory.


Israel shoots down a mysterious drone 35 miles inside its airspace

[Haaretz] "... The Israeli Air Force shot down an unidentified aerial vehicle that penetrated Israel's airspace on Saturday. IDF forces shot down the drone over the Negev, south of Mount Hebron.
The IDF said Saturday that the drone arrived in Israel from the west after flying over the Mediterranean and the Gaza Strip. It said the incident is under investigation.
After the drone traveled east some 35 miles (56 km) across Israel's southern Negev desert, the drone was shot down above a forest in an unpopulated area near the border with the West Bank, the IDF spokesperson said....

The IDF admitted that the drone flew over Israeli territory for long minutes, but Mordechai insisted it was "much less than half an hour."...sources within the security establishment had confirmed in the past that Hezbollah is involved, ...."

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