In other words, a DRONE
Israeli PM, Benyamin Netanyahu:
We will continue to defend our borders at sea, on land and in the air for the safety of the citizens of Israel.
IAF shoots down unmanned aerial vehicle in northern Negev
UAV enters Israel’s airspace from Mediterranean, shot down by IAF F-16s in open area; origin of craft unknown; IDF believes UAV sent to gather intel; PM: “We will continue to defend our borders in the sea, land and air.”
The Israel Air Force on Saturday shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that had 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 IAF. The IDF said the UAV was spotted entering Israeli airspace from the Mediterranean sea heading from West to East.
From the moment that it was identified, a squadron of F16I fighter jets were scrambled from the Ramon airbase in the Negev, and accompanied the UAV.
The air force was able to shoot down the UAV at any time, but chose to fly along with it for several minutes. IDF ground forces collected the fragments and were analyzing them.
For safety reasons, the air force took a decision to shoot down the UAV over the northern Negev. IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz received real-time updates throughout the incident, the IDF said.
The IDF did not believe that the UAV was on an attack mission, but rather sent to gather intelligence. There were no explosives attached to the air craft, and it did not originate in the Gaza Strip, contrary to Palestinian reports.