Egyptian Military Drone Intercepted Over Israel Earlier This Week

The unarmed drone, part of Egypt's operations against ISIS in Sinai, crossed the border with Israel by mistake, sources say. The Egyptians were notified of the interception in advance

Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich
An armored military vehicle patrols near a barrier along Israel's border with Egypt's Sinai desert.
An armored military vehicle patrols near a barrier along Israel's border with Egypt's Sinai desert.Credit: Amir Cohen/Reuters
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Israeli fighter jets intercepted this week an unarmed Egyptian military drone over the southern Negev desert. The Israeli military said on Wednesday it was being monitored from the moment it crossed into Israel, and sources said the Egyptians were notified of the interception in advance.

The drone, operated by the Egyptian armed forces, was used in their operations against Islamic State militants in the Sinai Peninsula, bordering Israel. Sources said it crossed over due to human error.

Israel and Egypt signed a peace agreement in 1979. Over the past years, the parties amended parts of their bilateral security agreements to let the Egyptian military operate drones over Sinai and the Rafah area, bordering the Gaza Strip, as part of its fight against ISIS.

The Egyptian campaign against the local ISIS affiliate has also led to closer security coordination between Israel and Egypt.

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