The Times of Israel reports: The Israel Defense Forces 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 Patriot 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 the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror group, which is currently fighting alongside the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, 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 his Shiite terror group, and said it had just begun photographing army maneuvers in the Golan when it was shot at and turned back. The tweet was flagged by Yossi Mansharof, an expert from the Ezri Center at the University of Haifa, who tracks Hezbollah movements.
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