The Israeli Defense Forces revealed the results of the investigation into what they claimed was an Iranian UAV shot down by the country’s air force’s in February on the territory of Syria.
The Israeli Defense Forces announced Friday that their probe into the Iranian drone that intercepted the country’s airspace in February showed that it was allegedly carrying explosives and programmed to attack Israel.
The incident took place on February 10: according to the Israeli army, its Apache attack helicopter had intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria. As they have specified, it triggered the Israeli Air Force (IAF) to strike alleged Iranian targets in Syria.
Responding to the Israeli attack, the Syrian air defense systems fired down the Israeli F-16 aircraft. Both crew members — a pilot and navigator — managed to eject before the plane crashed in northern Israel.
As the Israeli military explained Friday, the alleged Iranian drone downed in February was tracked by the country’s defense systems.
The fire from Syrian air defense in February prompted a tough response from the Israeli side: it attacked 12 positions in Syria, including eight Syrian airplanes and three anti-aircraft batteries. Commenting on the offense, a military source told Sputnik that the Israeli military believed it had destroyed up to a half of the Syrian Air Defense Forces during the airstrike.
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Reacting to the exchange of fire several days after, Syria’s Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad vowed that Damascus would down any jet that started an assault on Syria.
Responding to numerous allegations voiced by the United States and Israel, Iran has repeatedly denied having their military presence in Syria, while admitting sending advisors in order to help Damascus fight terrorists.