Israeli Patriot missile downs Hizballah drone over Quneitra

An Israeli air force Patriot missile Tuesday shot down an Iran-made Hizballah drone over the Syrian border town of Quneitra in the demilitarized zone. The UAV took off from Damascus air port. The IAF first scrambled fighter jets, before launching the missile from a site near the Galilee town of Safed.
“Israel will not allow Iran, Hizballah or other forces to infiltrate or approach its territory in the Golan Heights,” the IDF Spokesperson said in a statement.

DEBKAfile’s military sources report: This was the first time an IDF missile had intercepted a Hizballah drone in Syrian air space. In the past, fighter jets found it hard to down drones entering Golan air space and ended up shooting a Patriot missile. Hizballah’s purpose in sending the drone was apparently to test the state of readiness of IDF air defenses in northern Israel – but no less to see how the Russians would react when an Israeli UAV flew over a Russian-US de-escalation zone in southern Syria, that is under Russian surveillance.

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28 thoughts on “Israeli Patriot missile downs Hizballah drone over Quneitra

  • Sep 19, 2017 @ 15:17 at 15:17

    Great news! God bless Israel

  • Sep 19, 2017 @ 17:09 at 17:09

    am i the only one finding a patriot too expensive for the little drone ?

    • Sep 21, 2017 @ 2:51 at 2:51

      Where is the guy with a slingshot and cheap rocks when you need him?

  • Sep 19, 2017 @ 20:01 at 20:01

    This is hilarious. You are rich enough to throw patriots at UAVs? Not for long, no matter how rich you are.

    • Sep 20, 2017 @ 2:37 at 2:37

      There not talking a drone racing drone. These drones a large and Are used to spy on ther country.

      • Sep 20, 2017 @ 10:34 at 10:34

        A Patriot is $4,000,000 minimum. That UAV, perhaps $10,000 max. I can build em’ way cheaper, but I fly quads for fun.

    • Sep 20, 2017 @ 4:38 at 4:38

      fortunately, u will not see it

    • Sep 23, 2017 @ 14:46 at 14:46

      The Patriot was probably the closest available asset that has a fire control radar to down a UAV.

  • Sep 19, 2017 @ 21:41 at 21:41

    Zero tolerance for airspace invasion.

    • Sep 19, 2017 @ 23:49 at 23:49


    • Sep 20, 2017 @ 2:52 at 2:52

      So how many patriot missiles does Israel have to waste on drones? When you get low on Patriot missiles from shooting drones, then they send something more substantial.

    • Sep 20, 2017 @ 3:14 at 3:14

      Don’t the Israeli’s know how to use the 20mm canon on F-15/F-16’s to down a drone without sucking up the debris in the fighters intakes? Thats about the cheapest weapon available.

    • Sep 22, 2017 @ 21:39 at 21:39

      Let hope Israel stop invading Lebanese and Syrian airspace otherwise they will be downed soon or later! Zero tolerance for both side!

  • Sep 19, 2017 @ 23:31 at 23:31

    Enventually and hopefully soon the Israelis get tires of the rhetoric and verbal diarrhea spewing out of the Iranian and hezbollahs looser who hide behind human shield and simply destroy them all

    The world will be a better places with Hezbollah and the radicals Iranians. I’m a Jew and I have Iranian friends and they too want to radicals who run their country gone for good

  • Sep 19, 2017 @ 23:48 at 23:48

    Hizballah serves Satan.

  • Sep 20, 2017 @ 1:20 at 1:20

    Price of the Hizballah drone? Price of the Patriot missile? Bad news.

  • Sep 20, 2017 @ 1:42 at 1:42

    Bomb iran!

  • Sep 20, 2017 @ 2:28 at 2:28

    The Iranians knew that the Israelis would fight back but their aim is to draw in Russians into a conflict.

  • Sep 20, 2017 @ 3:51 at 3:51

    Rich? God will provide.

  • Sep 20, 2017 @ 6:57 at 6:57

    How will the IDF react if and when Hizzbollah/Iran send multiple drones at once – launch multiple Patriots? A drone is very expendable – patriot missiles not so much.

  • Sep 20, 2017 @ 15:18 at 15:18

    Let IDF do what they know best because drones serves as spies when launching attacks from enemies. There is a saying which says destroy an enemy before it attacks

  • Sep 20, 2017 @ 15:42 at 15:42

    Amazed that some would criticize Israel for shooting down this drone because of “expense”!
    The UAV was intended either to gather military intelligence on Israel or to inflict damage on Israel.
    Please tell us, how would you have stopped it?

  • Sep 20, 2017 @ 17:48 at 17:48

    No , it is not cost effective , it is like killing a fly with rifle bullets . What if the number of flies was in thousand ?

  • Sep 21, 2017 @ 10:25 at 10:25

    Why not simply attack the airbase that these drones take off from? Or, why not the Iron Dome instead of the Patriot. Better yet, find the factory in Iran that assembles them and destroy the source.

    • Sep 23, 2017 @ 14:49 at 14:49

      The Patriots was probably the closest available asset with the capability to down the drone. Iron done would be ideal but they probably didn’t have any in the area at the time. Destroying these factories would be like playing whack a mole.

  • Sep 22, 2017 @ 21:41 at 21:41

    I don’t think Israel is bothered about the price of Patriots as she is receiving them for free from US! They will think twice if they had to pay for them.

  • Sep 22, 2017 @ 21:43 at 21:43

    They get it for free from US as military aid!

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