Israel Downs Drone Near West Bank
Aircraft flew in from Mediterranean Sea near the Gaza Strip
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2012 1:33 PM CDT
This image made from video released by the Israeli Defense Forces shows the downing of a drone that entered Israeli airspace in southern Israel, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Israeli Defense Forces via AP video)

(Newser) – Israel shot down an unwanted visitor this morning: a drone that flew in from the Mediterranean Sea, the Jerusalem Post reports. The Israeli military first noticed the aircraft near the Gaza Strip and followed it with air force jets as it moved about 35 miles east across the Negev desert, over settlements and military bases. The air force waited until the drone was above an unpopulated forest near the West Bank before shooting it down.

The military said today it plans to figure out the drone's flight path, source of origin, and the nature of its mission—whether to gather intelligence or target Israeli military compounds and towns, reports Haaretz. Similar incidents have occurred before: In 2004, one flew in from Lebanon and later crashed into the Mediterranean en route back home. And two years ago, the military shot down a balloon that was passing over the Dimona nuclear reactor.

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Oct 7, 2012 4:45 AM CDT
Wait until they read the "Made in the USA" label on some of the recovered parts.
Oct 6, 2012 8:49 PM CDT
Well, here's a little tidbit that got buried in the story ... these have been in the air eight years over there. When was the first time YOU heard of one? ... and by the way ... this isn't a ballistic missile, tracking the flight path back to its "origin" isn't as simple as it is with a rocket . Hell this could have been launched FROM Gaza ... flown out and come back. Coulda come from ANYwhere ... including a United States warship in the Med.
Oct 6, 2012 8:12 PM CDT
This is cut and paste from the internet, in is dated in September 2012. Under new Defense Department guidelines, the Pentagon is currently making plans to loosen restrictions on the sale of military drone technology by US corporations to countries around the world. The new guidelines include at least 66 eligible countries, which have not yet been named.