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Israel fires missile at Syrian drone: army

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

The today said it fired a at a drone approaching the country from Syria, the latest in a series of such incidents.

The Defence Forces said the had "most likely intercepted" a "Syrian UAV", or unmanned aerial vehicle, flying over the demilitarised zone between the two countries.

"A Patriot was launched towards a UAV that approached from Syria," the IDF wrote on

The move follows targeting three military posts in on Wednesday, after its intercepted a drone which had entered its territory.

Israel has been on high alert in recent weeks as Syria's launched an offensive to retake rebel-held areas in the southern province of Daraa.

Earlier this month said it had sent reinforcements to the Golan Heights, as Syrians fled the fighting set up makeshift camps near the Israeli-held plateau.

Particular unease in Israel has been sparked by the presence of arch-enemy across the border in Syria, where is backing Assad's regime in the ongoing conflict.

A series of strikes in that have killed Iranians in recent months have been attributed to Israel.

A large swathe of the and adjacent areas were seized from in the Six-Day War of 1967. Israel annexed that territory in 1981, a move never recognised by the international community.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 21:15 IST