Fighter jet shoots down drone that entered Israeli airspace from Syria

Incident comes after Hezbollah fires barrage of rockets on north, IDF strikes terror group’s sites in Lebanon

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

This picture taken from a position in northern Israel shows an Israeli Air Force fighter jet firing flares as it flies over the border area with southern Lebanon on March 4, 2024. (Jalaa Marey/AFP)
This picture taken from a position in northern Israel shows an Israeli Air Force fighter jet firing flares as it flies over the border area with southern Lebanon on March 4, 2024. (Jalaa Marey/AFP)

An Israeli Air Force fighter jet shot down a drone that entered Israeli airspace from Syria early Tuesday morning, the Israel Defense Forces said.

According to the IDF, the drone was identified by air traffic control, which dispatched an F-15 fighter jet to take it down.

There was no damage or injuries in the attack, although it set off alerts in open areas in northern Israel.

It was unclear who was behind the drone launch.

The IDF later released footage of the fighter jet shooting down the device.

Amid the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip, there have been several drone attacks on Israel launched by Iran-backed militias from Syria and Iraq, in addition to the hundreds of attacks carried out by Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group.

Hezbollah on Monday night fired a barrage of rockets at northern Israel, resulting in damage that knocked out power in several towns, as the military struck targets in Lebanon following a deadly cross-border attack by the terror group earlier in the day.

Since October 8, Hezbollah-led forces have attacked Israeli communities and military posts along the border with rockets, missiles, and drones on a near-daily basis, with the group saying it is doing so to support Gaza amid the war there.

So far, the skirmishes on the border have resulted in seven civilian deaths on the Israeli side, as well as the deaths of 10 IDF soldiers and reservists. Attacks from Syria and Iraq have not caused any injuries.

Hezbollah has named 232 members who have been killed by Israel during the ongoing skirmishes, mostly in Lebanon but some also in Syria. In Lebanon, another 37 operatives from other terror groups, a Lebanese soldier, and at least 30 civilians, three of whom were journalists, have been killed.

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