In a statement on Sunday morning, commander of the IAF’s Squadron 113 recounted the recent downing of the Iranian drone in Israeli airspace. “The squadron was deployed in a mission to protect the nation’s skies,” he explained, adding that “the squadron is ready and prepared for anything” it is required to do.







Commander of the IAF's 113 Squadron

Commander of the IAF’s 113 Squadron Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

Commander of the 113 Squadron of the Israeli Air Force who downed the Iranian drone recounted the incident on Sunday morning. “The squadron was deployed in a mission to protect the nation’s skies,” said the lieutenant colonel, who piloted the apache aircraft in the operation. “We recognized it as an Iranian drone when it crossed the border – we downed it in Israeli territory.”

The commander added that “the squadron is ready and prepared for anything” it is required to do.  Senior Israeli Air Force official Tomer Bar stated on Saturday that the Iranian drone that was downed in Israel’s airspace for a minute and a half before it was hit. Bar also explained that Israel launched the large-scale operation near Damascus against Iranian and Syrian targets after Syria had the “audacity” to fire missiles at an Israeli F-16.

On Saturday, the IDF confirmed that IAF aircraft conducted airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria in response to the drone.  “The IDF will act determinately against such severe violations of Israeli sovereignty by Iran and Syria and will continue to act as necessary,” read the IDF Spokesperson’s statement. “The IDF is ready for various scenarios and will continue to act according to situation assessments.”