Syria Says Captured Explosives-laden Drone Near Israeli Border

According to the SANA report, the drone was downed after entering Syrian airspace from the west and passing over the village of Erneh, southwest of Damascus

The drone downed near the Golan Heights, September 21, 2019.
SANA

Syria's state news agency says authorities have captured and dismantled a drone rigged with cluster bombs near the border with the Golan Heights.

The drone, SANA said, was intercepted by Syria's aerial defense system in the Hermon region, in northern Quneitra.

The Israeli military's Arabic-language spokesman said the drone was not Israeli and that it was likely Iranian. 

According to the report, the drone was downed after entering Syrian airspace from the west and passing over the village of Erneh, southwest of Damascus. 

The report quoted a Syrian military source, who said that an investigation of the drone uncovered cluster bombs in addition explosive materials, to be used to detonate and destroy the drone in the event of capture.

SANA posted several photos.

The incident came two days after another drone was destroyed over the Damascus suburb of Aqraba.

No one claimed responsibility for the drones.

Israel frequently conducts airstrikes and missile attacks inside war-torn Syria but rarely confirms them. Israel says it targets mostly bases of Iranian forces and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah in Syria.

In neighboring Lebanon, a government investigation concluded Thursday that two Israeli drones were on an attack mission when they crashed in the capital last month, one of them armed with 4.5 kilograms (10 pounds) of explosives.

In a separate report Saturday, SANA said Syrian authorities found weapons, ammunition, food and vehicles made in Israel in the village of Briqah, in southern Quneitra.

In addition to bullets and magazines, photos released by the state-run news agency show Hebrew-labeled packages of food.  

Rifles, magazines and bullets
SANA
Packages of Israeli food
SANA