The Iranian drone that was downed in February after it infiltrated Israeli airspace was armed with explosive materials and sent to carry out an attack, the IDF revealed Friday night. The attempted attack took place on February 10. In response, the IDF launched airstrikes in Syria.
Watch: IDF downs Iranian drone (Video Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)
It was cleared for publication on Friday night that the Iranian drone that was downed by Israel in February was carrying explosive materials. It is believed that the drone was set to carry out a terror attack in Israel. “By intercepting the Iranian UAV, IAF combat helicopters prevented the attack Iran had hoped to carry out in Israel,” the IDF spokesperson explained.
The Israeli military stated that it reached this conclusion after completing the analysis of the drone’s flight path and the operational and intelligence-based probe into the incident. The IDF stressed that the drone was detected by Israel’s aerial defense system when it took off from the T-4 airbase in Syria and was being tracked by the Israeli Air Force.
The drone was downed after it crossed into Israeli airspace. In response, the IAF fighter jets targeted Iranian sites in Syria. Syrian air defense forces targeted an Israeli F-16 fighter jet that was involved in the attack with over 25 anti-aircraft missiles. The pilots of the aircraft ejected from it before the Syrian missiles hit, landing near Mitzpe Adi. One of the pilots was critically injured.
The fighter jet fell and exploded upon impact near Kibbutz Harduf in the Jezreel Valley Regional Council. Shortly thereafter, the Israeli Air Force retaliated by launching a large-scale attack near Damascus, destroying over 10 Iranian and Syrian targets.
Israel targeting the drone Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit