Syria says it captured explosives-laden drone near Golan border, “Wudn’t us,” sez Israel
[IsraelTimes] State news agency also reports Syrian forces found Israeli-made vehicles and materiel in village near Quneitra.

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

SANA gave no further details about the drone Saturday, but posted several photos.

The news agency also reported that Syrian forces found Israeli-made vehicles and materiel in Bariqa, a village near the deserted border city of Quneitra.

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

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, said it was not clear if Syrian troops or members of Hezbollah controlled the drone. Hezbollah has fighters in different parts of Syria where they are fighting on the side of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
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’s forces.

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

No one grabbed credit for the drones.

Aqrabah was the site of an Israeli airstrike last month that targeted Iranian-aligned operatives planning to send attack drones into Israel, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

In neighboring Leb, a government investigation concluded Thursday that two alleged 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.

The type of UAV used in the Beirut attack has raised considerable questions about the drones’ provenance, with analysts suggesting they could be Iranian.

Hours before the incident, Israel said it had thwarted an Iranian plot in Syria to launch drones with explosives into Israel.

Israeli media have reported that the drones in Beirut targeted an office housing a "planetary mixer," a large industrial machine that is critical to making precision-guided missiles. Hezbollah denies it produces such weapons in Leb.

Israel has said it would not allow the group to have precision-guided missiles, as that would be a game-changing technology.

IDF's spokesperson: 'Drone downed in Syria is not Israeli'

[Ynet] IDF's Spokesperson in Arabic Avichay Adraee responded Saturday to a report claiming Syria have captured and dismantled a drone rigged with cluster bombs near the border with the Israeli Golan Heights.

Adraee also suggests in a Facebook that the drone was launched by Iranian extraterritorial operations unit al-Quds force, which according to him, operates on the Syrian side of Mount Hermon, where the Syrians claimed the drone was downed.

"It is definitely not an IDF drone, is it another Iranian explosive that is operating in an uncoordinated manner in the Syrian Golan?" Wrote Adraee. "This is another proof to show the nature of Iranian activity in the area".

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