Syria claims to down Israeli drone over Lebanon

Eyewitnesses in the village of Deir Al-Ashayer report spotting burning wreckage fall from the sky

Syrian air defenses reportedly shot down an Israeli drone near the Syrian-Lebanese border, a Syrian news site reported Wednesday evening.

Eyewitnesses were quoted by Damas Post saying they saw burning wreckage fall from the sky over the village of Yanta in eastern Lebanon, causing no damage.

The event was not reported on Syria’s official news agency SANA. There was no immediate Israeli comment.

A resident of Deir al-Ashayer posted on a local Facebook group shortly thereafter that he saw a surface to air missile fired from Syria, and that the aircraft crashed on the Lebanese side of the border.

Earlier in the day the Lebanese government news agency reported Israeli warplanes conducting multiple overflights and “mock raids” over southern Lebanon.

The Deir Al-Ashayer area is about 15 miles west of Damascus and not far from the site of a reported Israeli strike on a Syrian arms convoy near a research site last month.

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Israel has been keeping a close eye on the Lebanese-Syria border to watch for any attempt to transfer arms between Damascus and Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.

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