Israel fires missile at drone that entered from Syria

Israel fires missile at drone that entered from Syria

Wednesday's incident came at the same moment Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in Moscow ahead of a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

The drone was an intelligence-gathering aircraft and belonged to the Syrian government and its remains have already been retrieved just south of the Sea of Galilee, nearly ten kilometers (six miles) inside Israel, an army spokesman told reporters.

Israel says it has not taken sides in the Syrian civil war, but has bombed targets repeatedly in the war-torn country, typically weapons transfers to Hezbollah, a Lebanese militant group and regional rival, and sites affiliated with Iran.

In February, Israel intercepted what it said was an armed drone sent into its territory by Iran.

Shortly after the interception, police officers issued a warning that all boat operators should immediately leave the Sea of Galilee, known in Israel as the Kinneret, due to ongoing "operational activity".

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"They (Russia) have an active interest in seeing a stable Assad regime and we in getting the Iranians out". "We intercepted it and we will continue to act decisively against any spillover and any infiltration of Israeli territory or airspace". He added that the latter scenario was "not common". It is for Trump to accept Russia's occupation of the Crimean peninsula and East Ukraine and lift the sanctions imposed on it while allowing Putin to control Syria, and in exchange Putin expels the Iranians and their followers from Syria thus granting Netanyahu a historic victory.

Russian-backed government forces have advanced in southwest Syria and are on course to reach Quneitra, a rebel-held district abutting the Golan Heights frontier with Israel. "I very much appreciate the direct, unmediated and excellent contact that I have with the Russian president".

Israel has been on high alert as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces advance on rebels near the Golan Heights and Jordan. The United Nations last month renewed the mandate of its Golan observer force UNDOF and on Wednesday called on all parties to abide by the armistice.

A Syrian drone infiltrated Israeli airspace Wednesday and was shot down by a Patriot missile fired by IDF aerial defense units in the north of Israel. Netanyahu's government has made clear it would not now cede the Golan and has been lobbying for USA recognition of Israel's claim of sovereignty there. The IDF has not yet said exactly who flew either drone.

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