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Israel Shoots Down Drone Near Haifa

April 25, 2013 By:
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This still from a video released by the Israel Defense Forces shows the last time a drone was downed in southern Israel in October.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel's Air Force shot down an unmanned aircraft off the coast of Haifa.

The unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, was identified approaching the coast of Israel and was intercepted by the Air Force five miles off the coast of Haifa on Thursday afternoon, the Israel Defense Forces spokespersons office said in a statement.

IDF naval forces are currently searching the area for the remains of the vehicle, which reportedly came from Lebanon and is believed to have been launched by the Hezbollah terrorist organization.

It is the second time a UAV has been intercepted in Israeli air space within the past seven months, according to the IDF. The last unmanned aircraft, shot down in October, originated in Lebanon and flew over several Israeli cities before being shot down over southern Israel.  

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