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Israel Patriot missile intercepts drone from Syria: army

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intercepted a drone launched from with a today, setting off sirens in the occupied Golan Heights, the said.

No further details were immediately provided following the interception.

"UAV from intercepted by Patriot missile, causing sirens in Golan and Emek HaYarden Regional Councils. More details to follow," an statement said.

The Emek HaYarden region is located southwest of the Golan, near

has been on alert in recent weeks over fighting in the south of neighbouring Syria, warning that ceasefire lines between Syria and must be respected.

Spillover fire from Syria's civil war has occasionally landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan. Israel is especially concerned about Iran's military presence in Syria.

Israeli has repeatedly warned his country will not allow Iran, its main enemy, to entrench itself militarily next door.

In February, Israel intercepted what it said was an armed drone sent into its territory by A series of strikes in Syria that have killed Iranians have been attributed to Israel in recent months.

is backing Syrian in the war, as is Today's incident came as Netanyahu travelled to to meet Israel seized a large swathe of the from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, in a move never recognised by the international community.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 19:50 IST