Army says suspected drone set off sirens near Eilat overnight

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

View of a tree seen from the Arava highway in southern Israel. January 08, 2013 (Nati Shohat/FLASH90)
View of a tree seen from the Arava highway in southern Israel. January 08, 2013 (Nati Shohat/FLASH90)

At around 1 a.m., a suspected drone flying from the east entered Israeli airspace in the Arava region, just north of Eilat, according to the IDF.

The “suspicious aerial target” set off sirens at a popular roadside store in the area.

The IDF says it fired an interceptor missile at the target, although it is not clear if it was shot down.

The incident is under further investigation, the IDF says.

It comes a day after a drone struck an open area in Jordan, near southern Israel’s Ramon Airport. Earlier this week, a drone launched from Iraq hit a hangar at the Israeli Navy’s base in Eilat.

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