Syrian air defences thwart Israeli missile strike in south -state media

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A Syrian drone infiltrated Israeli airspace Wednesday and was shot down by a Patriot missile fired by IDF aerial defense units in the north of Israel.

The IDF said the Syrian drone was flown into Israel through Jordan.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian Federation on Wednesday that its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would be safe from Israel, but Moscow should encourage Iranian forces quit Syria, a senior Israeli official said.

According to state-run SANA, "Syrian air forces intercepted an Israeli aggression and downed a number of missiles which were targeting T-4 airport in Homs".

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Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said the drone was constantly monitored and that it traveled about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) inside Israeli territory.

The military issued a statement warning that it "will not allow any violation of Israeli airspace and will act against any attempt to hurt its civilians".

He added that military officials believe the drone was Syrian and that it could have been on an intelligence collecting mission, but it was not yet clear if it purposely entered Israel or strayed from its path.

Israel worries Assad could let his Iranian and Hezbollah reinforcements entrench near Israeli lines or that Syrian forces may defy a 1974 Golan demilitarization. It bombed Iranian targets in Syria in response to that incident.

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Meanwhile, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also left for Moscow on Wednesday for a meeting with Putin.

Russia, another top key ally of Assad, has warned it would be unrealistic to expect Iran to fully withdraw from the country. Russian Federation has previously told Israel they don't have the capability of doing so, and that the Iranian presence is up to Syria.

The Emek HaYarden region is located southwest of the Golan, near Syria.

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