IDF fails 3 times to bring down drone over Golan
Ilan Ben Zion, Times of Israel, Jul 17 2016
The IDF said Sunday that it failed in three attempts to shoot down an unidentified drone aircraft that entered Israeli airspace from Syria on Sunday. As well as the two PAC-3 surface-to-air missiles that were officially announced and clearly visible in the sky, a military official told Channel 2 television that a third attempt came from an air-to-air missile fired by an Israeli fighter jet. According to the IDF, the origin of the drone wasn’t clear, but the army is trying to ascertain whether it had been sent by Hezbollah, Channel 2 television reported. The army believes that the UAV was Russian-made, Channel 2 said. Hezbollah-linked Lebanese fighter Anes al-Naqqash claimed on Twitter on Sunday that the drone had indeed been sent by Hezballah, and said it had just begun photographing army maneuvers in the Golan when it was shot at and turned back. Israel fired anti-aircraft missiles at the drone, but failed to bring down the intruding aircraft.
The IDF said in a statement that neither of the two Patriot missiles it launched had managed to hit the drone, which returned to Syrian airspace. The IAF scrambled fighter jets in the Golan Heights following the launch, Ynet reported.
The launches triggered air raid alarms across northern Israel. No rockets were known to have been fired into Israeli territory, however. Israel has shot down drone and fighter aircraft that have flown near the border with Syria in the Golan Heights several times in recent years. The IDF downed a drone in Aug 2014 and a Syrian fighter aircraft in September of the same year.
Israel Fires Two Patriot Missiles at Drone Suspected of Breaching Its Airspace
Gili Cohen, Haaretz, Jul 17 2016
Israel fired two Patriot missiles toward an unmanned aerial vehicle suspected of breaching its airspace on Sunday afternoon, but failed to intercept it. The drone then returned to Syria. The incident took place in the center of the Golan Heights in northern Israel. A siren sounded in the region. Shrapnel from the missiles landed in Ayelet ha-Shahar, a kibbutz in the Golan, lightly wounding a girl and causing brush fires, residents said. During the Gaza war in the summer of 2014, Patriot missiles intercepted two drones, one near Ashdod and the other near Ashkelon.