Syrian drone intercepted after approaching Israeli airspace

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The agreement, announced in a US-Russian statement Saturday, affirms a call for "the reduction, and ultimate elimination" of foreign fighters from southern Syria. Both Iranian and Hezbollah forces have been backing Assad in the Syrian civil war.

Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in his office in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 9, 2017. The military existence of Iranians and allies, in this magnitude, is establishing a reality which danger on the region can't be disregarded even more than Israel, which has a massive destructive military force and is an ally of U.S. that vows to defend it.

Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Omar Abu Laila, a Europe-based opposition activist originally from Syria's eastern province, said Saturday that Islamic State fighters are now once again in full control of the town.

"There's reflection here of the understanding that Israel has set red lines, and will stand firm on this", Hanegbi said. The military said the drone was operated by the Syrian regime and was shot down using a Patriot missile in the demilitarized zone between the countries.

In the Syrian file, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of the new reality, saying that "when ISIS is expelled from a place, Iran is replacing it".

The Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) is establishing a long-term existence of its foreign militias and militants in regions ruled by it inside Syria, up to 50 kilometers from the Israeli border with Golan.

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The reports on the new ceasefire agreement came after the BBC published satellite photos on Friday said to show the construction of a permanent Iranian military base in Syria.

Iran has no borders with Syria, yet it is the country with the most active military action and is the most expanding.

Before intercepting the drone, Israel's military contacted Russian counterparts operating over the border to verify that the drone did not belong to the Russians, Haaretz reported.

In September, Israel shot down an Iranian-made drone, sent by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, in the same area.

"It was a reconnaissance UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and not an attack UAV and we are checking whether there is any connection to Iran and Hizballah", Conricus said.

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