Israel fired at Russian drone after it crossed over from Syrian airspace

Deutsche Welle has reported that a Russian drone had violated Israel’s airspace on the 17th of July.

According to media reports, on the 7th of August, Russia acknowledged the violation and explained that it had been caused by a “human factor”.  The media continued to report that the issue had already been telephonically discussed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The media also reported that the Russian drone returned to Syrian airspace after Israel launched at least two Patriot class missiles and one air-to-air missile in its direction.

According to Haaretz, the violation resulted in the first case of Israel opening fire on a Russian aircraft participating in Syrian hostilities.  The newspaper has also published pictures showcasing Israel’s attempts to destroy the drone.

  Russia, Syria, Israel

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