In mid-December, an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) allegedly entered Syrian airspace in the Golan Heights and had to quickly leave it, after it was fired at, Israeli media reported.
According to the reports, the incident occurred on December 16th – 17th, and the drone allegedly flew in Syrian airspace for less than a mile before fire was opened on it. It only remained there for approximately 90 seconds.
It was further stated that during the episode, there was no attempt to down the UAV using Russian or Syrian fighter jets. Allegedly a Russian force opened fire from an automatic weapon, which caused the aircraft to draw back.
As per separate report, cited by Channel 12, the Syrians managed to “deceive” the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) by placing dummy targets on the ground instead of real air defense systems. The entire alleged incident was reportedly documented by the Syrian air defense systems.
This referred to another alleged incident, in which the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) struck dozens of targets in Syria on November 20th.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights the death toll stood at 21 fighters, 16 of them non-Syrians, and two civilians. The targets were allegedly Syrian government forces, as well as supposed Iranian positions.
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“The attack was carried out in response to the launching of the rockets by the Iranian Quds force from Syrian territory,” the IDF said in a statement, adding that missile launchers, weapons warehouses, command centers and bases were targeted in the operation.
According to other claims, however, the targets were placed for deception purposes and were dummies.
Reports on December 21st, claimed that possible drone strikes damaged Syrian oil and gas facilities leading to disruptions in production.
Near-simultaneous attacks believed to have been carried out by drones hit three government-run oil and gas installations in central Syria, state TV and the Oil Ministry reported. It remains unclear who was behind the attack, but according to most reports it was likely an ISIS attack.
Officially, the Syrian Foreign Ministry claimed that the US, Israel’s sworn ally was behind the attack.
“The US, using its illegal military base in Al Tanf, sent drones to Homs and committed air strikes by them against the oil refining infrastructure. It took place four days ago,” the Minister commented. “I would like to note that this occured in winter, when we have a pressing need for oil and gas. Yesterday Israel made an attack against Syrian Arab Republic, firing a number of rockets against facilities in Damascus and the outskirts,” Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said.
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