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Israel says shot down drone over Negev
Published Saturday 06/10/2012 (updated) 07/10/2012 18:33
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An Israeli Army helicopter flies over an open area in southern Israel,
Oct. 6, 2012. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military said its air force shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle flying close to the West Bank on Saturday morning.

The drone entered Israeli airspace from the area of the southern Mediterranean sea, near the Gaza Strip, before being detected by the army's alert system, an Israeli military spokesman told Ma'an.

He said it was not immediately clear where the drone had been launched.

A military statement said the UAV was intercepted by Israeli jets around 10 a.m., and forces were searching "open areas in the northern Negev, to locate and identify the drone."

The area borders the southern West Bank, and witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces were also combing an area south of Hebron adjacent to the Negev.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak praised the interception as "sharp and effective".

"We view with great gravity the attempt to compromise Israeli air space and will consider our response in due course," Barak said in a statement.

In December 2010 Israeli aircraft shot down an unidentified object near the Dead Sea, security sources said at the time. They said it might have been a balloon.

Israel's own drones have also crashed in and around the occupied territories in recent years.

One unmanned vehicle crashed in northern Israel in January, a year after an unmanned vehicle crashed inside the Gaza Strip. Hamas' armed wing took control of that drone.

In May, an Israeli military surveillance zeppelin crashed near the Gaza Strip after a civilian plane struck its cable, a military spokeswoman said at the time.
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1 ) Amira / Canada
06/10/2012 16:17
What is a US drone? may be Obama is fed up with Netayahu's bullying? hahaha!!

2 ) Progressivedem / US
06/10/2012 22:40
Doubt it. Israel would have been alerted if we were going to fly through.

3 ) Tobias / USA
07/10/2012 00:11
It seems that Hamas has acquired some more high-tech tools, but learned that they still can NOT be useful against Israel.

4 ) gabi / australia
07/10/2012 02:21
Israel will "find" who was responsible and use that as an excuse to bomb the shit out of them again - Gaza, or Lebanon - take your pick.

5 ) ian / australia
07/10/2012 04:23
"...They said it might have been a balloon." "...an Israeli military surveillance zeppelin crashed near the Gaza Strip after a civilian plane struck its cable," I guess it's gallows humour but Israeli military blunders always strike me as hilarious. Am I a bad person?

6 ) yuri / bulgaria
07/10/2012 05:35
labour kadima shoot down likud drone...

7 ) Devil / Hell
07/10/2012 08:57
It is a planned insider attack. More attacks to follow.

8 ) Hizbollah is becoming an / AVIATION EMPIRE
07/10/2012 10:04
sool they will learn to fly kites.

9 ) USAUSA / USA
08/10/2012 04:14
This was not a US drone - that is ridiculous. It is clearly an Iranian/Hezbollah drone as Hezbollah has certainly been ordered to do something to distract everyone from the fact that they are killing the Sunni in Syria for Assad, with the help of Iran. Militarily this is worthless: Israel could have shot it down over the Sea. But Hezbollah can point to this as their most recent great anti-Zionist achievement. But the Sunni won't care. It is Way too late for that.

10 ) dyke davis / USA, San Francisco
08/10/2012 21:30
As, Israel threatens Iran and Lebanon on a daily basis, I was particularly amused at the wild and varied speculation as to who, what, where and why this drone in the first place and never mind that it got to or was allow to fly close to one of the most sensitive sites in the entire Zionist world.
Its like watching someone talking tough for hours on end, then later own finds out that a gun was pointing right in their face, yet their opponent just did not pull the trigger.
Close call huh?

11 ) USAUSA / USA
10/10/2012 23:59
Fly close to the most "sensitive site in the Zionist world". What world? I think Israel is only 8000 sq miles so if you are over Israel at all, you are close to pretty much everything in Israel. Israel is not much bigger than Greater Los Angeles - maybe not even as big. If you are anywhere over Israel, you are "close to" Dimona by US measurements.
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