Illustrative photo of a UAV, June 2010. (Ofer Zidon/Flash90)
Times of Israel: Russia, not Hezbollah, sent drone into Israel — report
Three weeks after IDF failed to bring down UAV that crossed over from Syria, Moscow officials acknowledge it was theirs.
The drone that crossed into northern Israel last month belonged to Russia — not Hezbollah, as was initially suspected — the Haaretz newspaper reported Sunday.
The unmanned aerial vehicle entered Israeli airspace from Syria on July 17. The Israel Defense Forces attempted to shoot down the aircraft three times, but failed.
Israel’s security services initially suspected the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah was responsible for the breach; however, Russian officials admitted to their Israeli counterparts that the drone was, in fact, theirs, the newspaper reported.
While the Russian officials claimed the incident was the result of “human error,” it is possible the Russian military was testing Israel’s aerial defense capabilities.
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WNU Editor: Drones do not cross a border and then fly back because of an error .... especially in a conflict zone. They were testing Israeli defenses.