JERUSALEM: Israel downed a drone over the occupied Golan Heights yesterday, the army said, amid mounting tension on the UN-patrolled armistice line with Syria on the strategic plateau. Air defences “successfully intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that breached Israel airspace above the border with Syria,” an army statement said. “We have said several times that we shall respond to any violation of our sovereignty,” it added.
Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon meanwhile toured the region, as the army sent reinforcements along the armistice line and deployed armoured troop carriers, an AFP photographer said.
Yaalon warned that Israeli “tolerance” should not be tested.
“These past weeks we have proven that our tolerance is minimal when our integrity is struck, either intentionally or unintentionally,” he said.
Heavy fighting between Syrian troops and opposition forces overflowed into the buffer zone separating Syrian and Israeli-occupied territory at the weekend. Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres of the Golan Heights during the Six-Day War of 1967.