For safety reasons, it was decided to halt all departures and arrivals and three delays were recorded. Several minutes later it was confirmed the object was not a hostile aircraft.
- UNIFIL: No drone detected crossing from Lebanon
Israel's aerial control centers have been on heightened alert since the infiltration of a drone into Israeli airspace on Saturday, and several fighter jets have already been launched at suspicious objects.
Meanwhile, Yedioth Ahronoth exposed new details on the downing of the drone over the Yatir Forest last week. According to the report, the first missile fired by the F-16 jet missed the drone. The second Panther missile, the IDF's most advanced air-to-air missile, hit the target.
Past interceptions of drones were successful with the first missile, however senior IAF sources said such a miss was reasonable when taking into account the drone's size.
"This is not a failure, no other army in the world with Israel's aerial defense systems, could prevent the infiltration of such aircraft."
The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in response, "The Air Force intercepted the aircraft while using all means necessary. Naturally, the complex professional procedure of interception cannot be elaborated on. As per standard protocol, the IAF will conduct a professional inquiry into the event."
Shahar Chai contributed to this report
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