(June 24, 2018 / Israel Hayom) The Israeli military confirmed on Sunday that its air defenses engaged a Syrian drone approaching the northern border.
The Israel Defense Forces said a Patriot missile was fired at the target while it was still in Syrian airspace. The drone was not hit and turned away from the border, the military said.
“The IDF will not tolerate any breach of Israeli aerial sovereignty and will counter any attempt to harm Israeli citizens,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement.
Prior to the military’s confirmation, residents of Safed reported seeing the Patriot’s smoke trail in the northern Israeli city’s skies.
Taking to social media, eyewitnesses said the missile was fired at a target launched from Syria towards the Israeli side of the Golan Heights.
Last November, a Patriot missile intercepted a surveillance drone that breached Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights border.