Syria’s civil war intensifies on Israel’s border; IAF downs drone over Israeli airspace; 44 UNDOF peacekeepers still in captivity
An unmanned aircraft (drone) from Syria was shot down over Israeli airspace Sunday afternoon. The Israeli Air Force fired a Patriot missile at the drone, which was sited close to the Quneitra crossing which has been taken over by Islamic groups in Syria.
IDF intelligence believes the drone was most likely from Assad’s military regime and may have strayed into Israeli airspace unintentionally. However, the IDF released the statement “in spite of the IDF’s sensitivity to recent occurrences in the proximity of the border, we have repeatedly stated that we will respond to any breach of Israel’s sovereignty and will continue to act to maintain safety and security to the civilians of the State of Israel.”
Syria’s civil war is closer than ever to Israel’s border, as Islamic organization and rebel forces gain control of southern Syria.
45 UNDOF peacekeepers still remain in captivity at the hands of rebel forces in Syria. 75 peacekeepers escaped into Israel Saturday morning and an additional 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped under fire.
On Sunday evening, the al-Nusra Front, the al-Qaeda affiliated militant force in Syria reported they would release the 45 UNDOF peacekeepers held captive in Syria since Saturday in exchange for the transferring of humanitarian aid to the Ruta area near the Syrian capital of Damascus.
They released photos of the captured peacekeepers, along with their ID’s.