Israel shoots down drone coming from Syria
The Israeli military said it shot down an “aircraft” on Sunday coming from Syria into Israel’s airspace, according to Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
The IDF said in a statement that the aircraft did not pose any threat to the authorities. The latest incident came after Israeli airstrikes hit several sites in Homs in Syria on Sunday morning, injuring five soldiers, according to Syrian state media.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the latest Israeli airstrikes have been the ninth time that Israel has targeted Syria since the beginning of the year.
According to the news agency SANA, the Israeli airstrikes targeted sites in Homs and the surrounding countryside. Subsequently, the Syrian military shot down some of the aircraft. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that missiles also targeted Iran-linked militias and the research centre.
On Sunday night, the Israeli army revealed that they saw an unidentified aircraft, crossing from the direction of Syria into Israeli territory. The Israeli Air Force monitored the aircraft to shoot it down.
According to Iranian media, an Iranian adviser died due to Friday’s Israeli strike. Reportedly, Iran has sent advisers to Syria since the early days of the war.
On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel was acting against foreign threats. During a Cabinet meeting, he said, “We are exacting a high price from the regimes that support terror outside Israel’s borders.”
Later on, Israel’s defence minister, Yoav Gallant, visited soldiers in the West Bank. He said, “We will not allow the Iranians and Hezbollah to harm us. We have not allowed it in the past, we won’t allow it now, or anytime in the future.”
On Thursday, Syria said that Israeli airstrikes in Damascus injured two soldiers. According to Syria’s defence ministry, Israel carried out the attack, targeting several positions in the vicinity of Damascus.