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IDF downs drone of unclear origin approaching northern Israel

Military says UAV was heading toward Jordanian border, though it’s not clear if it was launched from there or nearby Syria

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

An Iran-made drone is launched during a military drill in Jask port, southern Iran, in this picture released by Jamejam Online, on December 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Jamejam Online, Chavosh Homavandi, File)
Illustrative. An Iran-made drone is launched during a military drill in Jask port, southern Iran, in this picture released by Jamejam Online, on December 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Jamejam Online, Chavosh Homavandi, File)

Israeli troops downed a drone approaching northern Israel from Jordan on Tuesday morning, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Though the drone approached the Israeli border from Jordan, it was not immediately clear that it originated there. The military said it was looking into the matter.

According to the IDF, the unmanned aerial vehicle was flying toward the area of Beit She’an in northern Israel when it was brought down at roughly 4 a.m. Tuesday.

“The UAV was being monitored by IDF air control units. The fragments of the UAV were collected by security forces,” the military said.

The IDF would also not immediately comment on the nature of the drone, notably if it carried explosives.

In 2018, an armed Iranian UAV launched from Syria’s T-4 Air Base entered Israeli airspace in a similar area before it was shot down by an Israeli helicopter, prompting the IDF to launch major raids on Iranian assets in Syria.

In that attack, the explosives-laden drone was flown toward Israel along the Syrian-Jordanian border before it entered Israeli airspace east of Beit She’an.

Tuesday’s airspace breach came amid ongoing fighting between Israel and Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip. Recent days have seen a number of incidents on Israel’s other borders apparently in solidarity with the Palestinians, including from Jordan.

On Sunday, two Jordanian nationals armed with knives were caught inside Israel after apparently crossing the border from Jordan undetected and telling Israeli investigators that they were “heading to Jerusalem.” Last Friday, hundreds of Jordanians rushed the border with Israel after breaking through a police checkpoint, local Jordanian media report.

On Monday night, at least six projectiles were fired by a Palestinian terror group from Lebanon toward northern Israel, according to the IDF. Last Friday evening, three missiles were fired from Syria at Israel, hours after the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group said one of its members was killed by Israeli fire during a protest on the border.

Last Thursday, Israeli forces fired tank shells as a warning to a group of protesters who broke through the border fence with Lebanon near Metula, sabotaging the barrier and setting fires, the military said. Lebanon said one person was killed and Hezbollah later said 21-year-old Mohammad Tahan was a member of the Shiite terror group.

Israel has a waged a nearly decade-long bombing campaign in Syria aimed at thwarting Iran and allied militias, including Hezbollah, from setting up bases to attack the Jewish state from or transferring advanced arms from Iran to Hezbollah.

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