Israel Fires Patriot Missile at Drone Coming From Syria

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The attack near Hader village at the border of the Israeli Golan Heights caused only material damage, state news agency SANA cited a military source as saying.

The attack came hours after Israel's military fired a Patriot missile to knock down an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, that strayed across Syria's ceasefire line with its neighbour.

Last month, Israel fired a missile at a drone that approached its airspace near the Syrian frontier, and in February Israel shot down what it said was an Iranian drone that entered its airspace.

On June 24, Israel's military said it launched a Patriot missile at a drone from Syria, which turned away unscathed. In 1981, the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) adopted the law "On the Golan Heights", which unilaterally proclaimed Israel's sovereignty over this territory.

Israel threatened a "harsh response" on Monday to any attempt by Syrian forces advancing against southern rebel areas to deploy in a Golan Heights frontier zone that was demilitarized under a 44-year-old United Nations monitored truce between the neighboring foes.

In the ensuing years, Israel has rarely commented on targeted strikes against Iranian convoys attempting to deliver weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon or airstrikes against Iranian military bases in Syria.

Shoygu remarks coincide with visits by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas and an adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Akbar Velayati, to Russian Federation. Israel worries Assad could let his Iranian allies entrench there or that Syrian forces may defy a 1974 Golan demilitarisation.

Since turning the tide of Syria's civil war by intervening militarily in 2015 on Assad's behalf, Russian Federation has turned a blind eye to scores of Israeli air strikes against Iranian and Hezbollah deployments or arms transfers, while making clear it wanted Assad kept immune.

"We are still looking into why it crossed, whether it was on a military mission and crossed on goal, or it strayed", said Lt Col Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman.

In recent days, Israel has noted the serious refugee problem created by the Syrian regime's routing of areas in southern Syria near the border with Jordan. It bombed Iranian targets in Syria in response to that incident.

Syria lost control of the Golan Heights to Israel during the Six-Day War of 1967.

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