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Jerusalem - Israel Military Says Fired Patriot Missile At Drone From Syria

Published on: July 11, 2018 09:19 AM
By: Reuters
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A smoke trail of a Patriot missile intercepted a drone approaching Israel from Syria in the Northern Israeli city of Tzfat, on July 11, 2018. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90A smoke trail of a Patriot missile intercepted a drone approaching Israel from Syria in the Northern Israeli city of Tzfat, on July 11, 2018. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90

Jerusalem - Israel launched a Patriot interceptor missile on Wednesday at a drone spotted approaching from Syria, the second such incident in as many months, the Israeli military said.

The incident set off air defense sirens on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and the nearby Jordanian border, the military statement said.

Israel has been on high alert as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces advance against rebels near the Golan and Jordan. Israel worries that he could deploy troops or allow his Iranian and Hezbollah allies to set up emplacements near Israeli lines.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Moscow on Wednesday for Syria talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose military is helping Assad beat back a 7-year-old insurgency.

On June 24, Israel’s military said it launched a Patriot missile at an incoming drone from Syria, which turned away unscathed. A Syrian commander said the drone was engaged in local operations.



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