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IDF drone crashes in Syria, army says no data leaked

Military says incident occurred during ‘routine operations’; in separate event, troops fire at suspects who approached army on border in Golan Heights

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

An IDF soldier flies a small drone as part of a large-scale exercise 'Lethal Arrow' simulating war in the north in October 2020. (Israel Defense Forces)
An IDF soldier flies a small drone as part of a large-scale exercise 'Lethal Arrow' simulating war in the north in October 2020. (Israel Defense Forces)

An Israeli military drone crashed in Syrian territory on Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces said.

The IDF said the incident was being investigated. No sensitive information was lost due to the crash and there was no risk of intelligence being taken from the device, the army said.

“Earlier today, during routine operations, an IDF drone fell in Syrian territory,” the army said in a brief statement.

The military did not specify the drone model, or the circumstances that led to its crash.

Small, off-the-shelf models used by the IDF for simple reconnaissance missions have previously crashed in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. Such drones, which are relatively cheap, crash or are shot down at a frequency of once every few months.

Israel’s former air force chief recently said that the IDF curtailed some drone activity over Lebanon in recent years once the Hezbollah terror group began targeting the UAVs.

Separately on Monday, troops fired toward a number of suspects who approached forces operating along the Syrian border — east of the fence but still within Israeli territory — in the southern Golan Heights, the IDF said.

“Suspects who approached the force were identified. The troops responded by firing [in the air], after which the suspects moved away from the area. The activity continued as intended,” a military spokesperson said.

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