On June 24, a Patriot air defense system launched a missile at an unidentified unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near a contact line between Israel and Syria, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) says.
According to the IDF, the missile did not hit its target and the UAV retreated.
The IDF’s aerial defense system identified the threat in advance before it crossed into Israeli territory
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 24 June 2018
In upcoming hours, the IDF may carry out strikes on some Syrian targets using the alleged incident with the UAV as a justification of its actions.
It’s interesting to note that this incident comes amid important developments in a standoff between government forces and militants in southern Syria.