The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released footage of what they say was the destruction of an Iranian drone invading Israeli airspace, which led to a cross-border air raid into Syria.
The video shows that the alleged Iranian drone is shown being blown up from two different angles – apparently an attack helicopter and a surveillance aircraft monitoring the engagement.
The drone was identified approaching Israeli airspace at around 4 a.m., setting off alarms in the Beit Shean area near the Sea of Galilee. It was identified by air defenses and downed by an Apache helicopter upon entering Israeli territory. The army said the drone’s remains were in Israeli hands.
After thoroughly examining the video, expert decided that was the Iranian made drone called Saegheh. The “Saegheh” (“Thunderbolt”) drone was similar to the RQ-170 Sentinel spy drone. Iran claimed to have shot down an RQ-170 drone used by the CIA in December 2011, broadcasting footage of the recovered aircraft.
The IDF reported responding to the violation of Israeli airspace by launching an attack on a Syrian military base where the command vehicle was stationed. Syrian air defenses responded to the attack, and one Israeli F-16 jet crashed during the raid. The jet fell inside Israeli territory and its pilots managed to eject.