IDF confirms incident, states it will “not allow any breach of Israel’s airspace and will act against any attempt of infiltration.”
A Patriot anti-missile intercepted a Syrian drone that infiltrated Israeli territory Thursday evening.
The IDF confirmed the incident, releasing the statement “A Patriot anti-ballistic missile was launched a few minutes ago toward a target in the Golan Heights. The IDF will not allow any breach of Israel’s airspace and will act against any attempt of infiltration.”
The incident occurred after the Israel Air Force targeted an Iranian-Hezbollah arms depot near the Damascus International Airport early Thursday morning. The IDF refused to comment on the reports, a spokesman from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stating Thursday morning “We can’t comment on such reports,” consistent with the IDF’s position to not confirm or deny reports on covert operations in Syria.
However, in an interview with Israel’s Army Radio Thursday morning, Israel’s Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz stated when asked on the attacks, “Every time we receive intelligence information on plans to transfer advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, we will act. We must prevent Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria,” indirectly confirming the IDF airstrikes.