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Thursday, April 25, 2013

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.
IDF 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.
Prime 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 sea."
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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At 8:05 PM, Blogger Russel Harris said...

Cept I heard jets flying around Tsfat between 4-5am. Usually they fly high and occasionally engage their afterburners, but this time they were at full burn, and sounded louder than usual.

At one point trucks started to drive by our flat and you could hear their hard tires rumbling against the cobblestones; competing with the roar of the jets.

Something else was going on.


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