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Damascus Downs Second Drone in 48 hours


7Dnews London - AFP

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 01:47 GMT

The Syrian government said on Saturday September 21st that it downed a drone in Quneitra province in southern Syria for the second time during 48 hours, reported AFP.

The authorities said they dismantled a drone after it was downed near Jabal al-Sheikh in Qunteira southwest of Damascus.

The authorities claimed that the drone was loaded with bombs and C4 explosives.

The Syrian government did not mention the group or the state that sent the drone. However, the government's statement said the drone came from the west of the Syrian capital.

The Israeli army's Arabic-language spokesperson said that his country did not send the drone, claiming that it could be Iranian.

"What is certain is that it is not an (Israeli army) drone," Avichay Adraee said on Twitter.

"Today we see proof... that (Iran's elite Qods Force commander) Qassem Soleimani does whatever he wants in Syria, and of course does not tell" the President Bashar al-Assad.

The Syrian government said it shot down a drone on Thursday south of Damascus, also without mentioning the origin of the drone.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the downing of the drone on Saturday in Damascus. However, the group's report did not confirm if the drone was downed by the Syrian government or its ally, the Lebanese Shiite militia of Hezbollah.

On August 24th, the Israeli army launched a strike on Aqraba village near Damascus to prevent what it claims was a drone attack launched by Iran and armed militias affiliated to Tehran against the Israeli state.

The strike killed five fighters, including an Iranian.

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