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Israeli military drone crashes in Syria

There is no risk of critical information falling into enemy hands, the IDF said.

The IDF's Skylark Unit prepares a drone for flight. Credit: IDF.
The IDF's Skylark Unit prepares a drone for flight. Credit: IDF.

An Israel Defense Forces Skylark drone conducting a routine operation crashed overnight Tuesday in Syria, the military revealed on Wednesday.

The unmanned aerial vehicle suffered a technical malfunction and an investigation into the incident has been opened, the IDF said.

The military added that there was no danger of critical information being leaked.

The crash comes after the IDF early this month downed a drone most likely of Iranian origin that had crossed into Israeli airspace from Syria.

It was downed using “electronic warfare” after helicopters and fighter jets were scrambled to intercept it over open territory in northern Israel.

The drone did not pose a threat and alarms were not activated in nearby communities, the IDF said.

Earlier this month, the IDF struck targets in Syria in response to six rockets fired towards the Golan Heights. Among the targets were a military compound of the Fourth Division of the Syrian Armed Forces, military radar systems and artillery posts.

Israel earlier used an unmanned aerial vehicle to destroy the launchers responsible for attacks.

“The IDF sees the State of Syria responsible for all activities occurring within its territory and will not allow any attempts to violate Israeli sovereignty,” the IDF said.

The military regularly conducts airstrikes in Syria with a view to preventing Iran and its terror proxies, foremost among them Hezbollah, from developing permanent military infrastructure with which to open a front against the Jewish state.

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