JERUSALEM – Israel attacked three military positions in Syria in response to a Syrian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle entering its territory, the Israeli military said on Thursday.
On Wednesday evening Israel intercepted the drone with a missile, after the drone had penetrated 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) inside Israel.
“Earlier tonight, Wednesday July 11th, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) targeted three military posts in Syria in response to the infiltration of the Syrian UAV into Israel that was intercepted by the IDF earlier today,” the IDF said in a statement on Twitter.
“The IDF will continue to operate determinedly and decisively against any attempts to hurt Israeli civilians and breaches of Israeli sovereignty,” it added.
The force, which claimed the UAV belonged to the Syrian Armed Forces, said that it held the Syrian regime accountable for the actions carried out on its territory and warned it against further actions against Israel.
“The IDF is highly prepared for many different scenarios and will continue to act as necessary in order to ensure the safety of Israeli civilians,” the statement said.
The IDF added that it was investigating if the infiltration by the Syrian drone, which was shot down by a Patriot missile over the Sea of Galilee, was intentional.
The region has witnessed heightened tensions since the Syrian government forces launched an offensive towards the south of the country, controlled by rebel groups.
Israel has opposed the presence of the armed forces of Iran – an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the internal conflict – in Syria and especially close to its border, stressing that it would not allow their deployment.
The IDF has repeatedly warned that it would act in case the Syrian government forces do not comply with a 1974 ceasefire agreement and venture inside the Golan Heights area, controlled by Israel.