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Published On: Tue, Oct 9th, 2012

Israel sets up Patriot missile defense following shooting down drone

Israel has deployed a missile defense battery in a main city near the Lebanese border, the military said Tuesday, two days after warplanes shot down an unmanned aircraft (i.e. drone) that entered Israeli skies.

An army spokesman said the Patriot missile defense battery has been stationed in the northern city of Haifa. He refused to say if the battery’s deployment was connected to Saturday’s drone incident.

The drone entered Israeli airspace from the Mediterranean coast and flew for about 20 minutes before it was shot down over remote desert terrain. Israeli officials say they began tracking the craft before it reached Israel, waiting to bring it down in order to avert possible casualties on the ground.

The military has not said where the drone originated or who produced it. But it appeared to be the work of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah, which possesses advanced Iranian weapons and has sent drones toward Israel in the past.

Fox offered this video of the incidents

Patriot Missile defense system, similar to the one set up by the Israelis following a drone incident this weekend. photo Darkone

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