Israel shoots down drone

TEL AVIV. Israeli forces shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle that entered the country's southern airspace on Saturday, the military said.

TEL AVIV. Israeli forces shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle that entered the country's southern airspace on Saturday, the military said.

Soldiers were searching the Negev desert, where the drone was downed, to locate the wreckage and identify the aircraft, army spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich said.

She said the drone entered Israeli airspace from the Mediterranean Sea and that the military doesn't know its origin.

"We view the attempt to violate Israel's airspace very gravely and we will consider our reaction," Defence Minister Ehud Barak said in a statement.

Gerald Steinberg, a professor of political science at Bar Ilan University outside Tel Aviv, said the drone probably was being used for surveillance.

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