IAF Scrambles Jets Over Possible Hezbollah UAV (VIDEO)
The Israeli Air Force on Tuesday scrambled fighter jets near the Syrian and Lebanese borders in the Golan Heights after a drone craft was spotted heading towards Israeli territory, Ch. 2 News said.
A military source said the craft veered away when the Israeli jets approached and was not shot down.
Since the event took place in airspace bordering Lebanon, military officials are examining the possibility that Hezbollah launched the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), as well as the Syrian government or rebel forces.
In a video clip released on Sept. 20th, Hezbollah said it had fired a rocket from a drone, hitting an ISIS target in Syria. If the unconfirmed video is genuine, it would be the first time the group has used such an air-to-ground weapon, signifying a major upgrade in its ability to wage war, according to experts in Israel.
Watch the video clip of the apparent air strike:
About a week and a half ago, Arab media reported that an Israeli drone was shot down in the Golan. According to a report on the Hezbollah television station Al Manar, “an unmanned aircraft of the Zionist regime has fallen over the skies of Quneitra, close to the border.”
The IDF, for its part, said they “were not aware of any such event.”
On Dec. 17th, Lebanese news agencies reported sighting Israeli Air Force jets flying over Quneitra, in the Golan Heights, where Syrian army and militant rebel forces have been fighting.
On Dec. 7th, the Syrian government accused Israel of a “flagrant attack” in which the Jewish state allegedly bombed military targets in Damascus.
Reports indicated that the two targeted sites were weapons warehouses, one near the city’s international airport and another close to the Lebanese border. It is, as yet, unclear whether the weapons were headed for Hezbollah, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But Israel has carried out such strikes in the past, intended to destroy shipments of Iranian missiles bound for the Lebanon-based Shiite terrorist group.