Photo Credit: IDF
Remnants of Iranian UAV shot down in Israel, Feb. 2018

The Iranian military drone that penetrated Israeli air space on February 10 was armed with explosives and headed for a direct attack on a target in the Jewish State, according to the IDF.

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The IDF said in a statement that after an analysis of the drone after its interception that officials “concluded that the Iranian UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) was armed with explosives and was tasked to attack Israel.”

By shooting it down, “combat helicopters prevented the attack Iran had hoped to carry out in Israel.

“The UAV was identified and tracked by Israeli defense systems until its destruction, effectively eliminating any threat [it] posed,” the IDF said.

Israeli personnel tracked the drone as it took off from the Tiyas air base — also known as the T-4 air base — and proceeded to cross into Israeli territory. The base was subsequently struck by Israeli fighter pilots in retaliation for the Iranian attack, and has since been struck again.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.