Pilotless Israeli Drone Downed

Military sources announced that a pilotless Israeli drone was shot down over Lebanon today by Syrian anti-aircraft fire while on a reconnaissance flight. The announcement, broadcast on Kol Israel Radio, said the unmanned aircraft was hit over Sultan Yaacov village.

Lebanon’s rightwing Phalangist radio reported today that an Israeli jet was shot down by Syrian missiles over Lebanon and its pilot taken prisoner. The official Syrian news agency, Sana, claimed that two drones were downed, one in the Anjar area of eastern Lebanon near the Syrian border and the other in Deir Aldas in southern Syria. The Syrians made no claim to have downed a manned Israeli aircraft.

The Israeli military sources ignored both reports, stating that a single drone had been lost.

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