IAF jets intercept unidentified object near Dimona reactor

IDF sources say unmanned object had an engine, was flying in closed airspace in Dead Sea area; army looking into incident.

December 16, 2010 16:37
Dimona nuclear reactor

311_dimona reactor. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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IAF fighter jets on Thursday shot down an unidentified object near the southern part of the Dead Sea close to the Dimona reactor.

IDF sources said that the unmanned object had an engine, and was flying in closed airspace. After considering possible damage to surrounding structure, including the reactor, the IAF decided to intercept the object.

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Earlier reports had suggested that the object was a balloon.

The IAF was investigating the circumstances of the incident, including the possibility that intelligence was being gathered on the Dimona plant.

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