Drone from Syria approaches Israel, intercepted by missile

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Israel's Patriot missile defense system has shot down a drone on the border with Syria on Saturday, Israel's military has reported.

"It was a reconnaissance UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and not an attack UAV and we are checking whether there is any connection to Iran and Hezbollah", military spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, told Reuters.

However, the military did not provide any further information regarding what kind of UAV was used.

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"We will not allow the Shi'ite axis to establish Syria as its forefront base", Lieberman said. "Earlier I told you that it was produced in Russian Federation, but additional checks showed that we can not confirm this information", Conricus said.

In September, Syria's army said Israeli warplanes hit one of its positions, killing two people in an attack that a monitor group said targeted a site where the regime allegedly produces chemical weapons.

The drone was downed with a Patriot interceptor missile. Israel and Syria are still technically at war, though the armistice line on the Golan Heights had remained largely quiet for decades until civil war erupted in Syria in 2011.

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For its part, Russian Federation has set up a military hotline to prevent warplanes or anti-aircraft units clashing accidentally over Syria.

Last month, Israel struck three Syrian artillery cannons after errant rocket fire landed in the Israeli Golan Heights.

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