Breaking: IAF shoots down hostile drone off Haifa coast
IAF F-16's have shot down what's being called a hostile drone
off the Mediterranean coast near Haifa.
Shortly after 1 p.m. on Thursday the Israeli Air Force identifid a drone
flying in Lebanese airspace south towards Israel. The drone was flying
along the coast line.
A squadron of F-16s and IAF helicopters were scrambled to engage the drone.
spokesman Brig-Gen Yoav Mordechai said that after the Air Force ensured
that the aircraft was hostile, the commander of the IAF gave the order
to shoot it down.
An F-16 fired a missile and struck the drone some five miles from the coast of Haifa over the Mediterranean.
The drone was at 6000 feet when it blew up.
It was not immediately clear whether the drone was armed or not.
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that "Israel is prepared
to deal with any threat posed from Syria or Lebanon in the air, land or
He added that he views "with utmost severity the attempt to
breach our borders. We will do what it takes to defend our citizens."
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