Syria says it shot down an Israeli drone near Golan

SANA says a Skylark 1 drone was shot down over village of Hadar.

December 22, 2014 06:28

An Israeli soldier launches a Skylark unmanned aerial vehicle near the border with Gaza Strip. (photo credit: REUTERS)

BEIRUT - Syria said on Sunday that it shot down an Israeli drone in the province of Kuneitra near the Israeli Golan Heights.

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), quoting a military source, reported that the Skylark 1 drone was flying above the village of Hadar when it was shot down

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The IDF Spokesperson denied the report on Monday morning, saying that it had no information about a UAV being present in the area at the time of the reported incident.

SANA posted photos of a UAV featuring labels in Hebrew.

Kuneitra has seen heavy fighting between forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebels including al-QaIda-linked fighters.

Israel has struck Syria several times since the start of the latter's nearly four-year civil war, mostly destroying weaponry such as missiles that Israeli officials said were destined for their long-time foe Hezbollah in neighboring Lebanon.

Syria said last week that Israeli jets had bombed areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border with Lebanon.

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