IDF Patriot missile shoots down Syrian drone over Sea of Galilee

Israeli soldiers at an army base in the Golan Heights look out across the border with Syria

In a reminder of the volatile situation, Netanyahu pointed at an incident earlier Wednesday in which the Israeli military fired a Patriot missile to shoot down a drone that had infiltrated Israeli airspace from Syria.

Israel targeted Syrian military positions early on Thursday after an unmanned drone entered its airspace from the neighboring country the previous day, the military said.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu made it clear that Israel will not tolerate a military presence by Iran or its proxies anywhere in Syria and that Syria must strictly abide by the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement", the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

Rocket sirens triggered in the Golan Heights and Jordan Valley, the IDF said.

Syrian government forces backed by Russian Federation have launched an offensive in the southern Deraa province and are widely expected to move on rebel-held Quneitra, which is within a part of the Syrian Golan covered by the armistice.

According to Haaretz, the drone was tracked after it went about 6 miles into Israeli territory.

Wednesday's incident came as Netanyahu travelled to Russian Federation to meet President Vladimir Putin.

"The IDF will continue to act decisively and resolutely against attempts to violate the sovereignty of the State of Israel and act against any attempt to harm its citizens", the statement read, "The Syrian regime is responsible for what is happening in its territory and is warned against acting against our forces".

For Israel, the medical aid programme can help win hearts and minds in border areas where the number of refugees has increased in recent weeks as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces advance in an offensive to recover southwest Syria. Israel worries that he could deploy troops or allow his Iranian and Hezbollah allies to set up emplacements near Israeli lines.

Israel took control of Golan from Syria in 1967 during the Middle East war.

"We will discuss Syria, we will discuss Iran, we will discuss Israel's security needs", Netanyahu told reporters before departing to Moscow.

Lieberman has also stepped up rhetoric against the Syrian military warning them not to enter a buffer zone in the Syrian Golan Heights established after a 1973 war with Israel.

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