Israel says Iranian drone it shot down in February was carrying explosives

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Friday an Iranian drone it shot down over Israeli territory in February was armed with explosives and was meant to carry out an attack.

The Israeli military said that after analyzing the flight path and investigating the drone, it “concluded that the Iranian (unmanned aerial vehicle) was armed with explosives and was tasked to attack Israel”.

The drone was downed on Feb. 10 by an Israeli Apache helicopter. It had been sighted taking off from a base in Syria and was intercepted after it crossed into Israeli territory, the Israeli military said.

Israeli planes then struck an Iranian installation in Syria from which, the Israeli military said, the unmanned aircraft had been operated.

An F-16, one of at least eight Israeli planes that had been despatched, was hit by a Syrian anti-aircraft missile and crashed in northern Israel.

(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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