Saturday, October 6, 2012

BREAKING: IDF: Unmanned aerial vehicle shot down in northern Negev


10/06/2012 15:20

IDF spokesman says UAV spotted entering Israel's airspace from Mediterranean sea heading from West to East, and was shot down in open area by Israeli Air Force; defense minister says Israel takes "severe view" of the incident.

Northern Negev area slated for new townsPHOTO: SPNI OPEN LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE
Aan unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crossed into Israel's airspace and flew over settlements and military bases in the Negev on Saturday morning, according to the IDF Spokesman's Office.

The unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down at around 10am in an open area in the northern Negev by the air force.

The IDF said the UAV was spotted entering Israeli airspace from the Mediterranean sea heading from West to East.

Contrary to Palestinian reports, it appears the UAV did not originate in the Gaza strip.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak praised the IDF and the air force for their quick and effective interception, adding that the incident occurred in an area south of Hebron.

"We take a severe view of the attempt to harm Israeli airspace, and we will consider our response," Barak said.

IDF ground forces collected the fragments of the UAV and have begun analyzing them.