Occupied Golan Heights (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces in the Golan Heights opened fire Sunday on what they thought was a drone infiltrating Israeli airspace, but turned out to be an agricultural plane, according to The Times of Israel.
The Israel army determined after the incident that no aircraft had crossed the border, however, and declared a return to normal routine.
In a similar incident, on August 21 soldiers opened fire at a crop-dusting plane flying over the Golan Heights, mistaking it for an infiltrating aircraft from Syria, in what the Israeli army called a “serious incident.”
The pilot was not injured.
“IDF troops operating on the Golan Heights spotted a plane that they suspected of being an enemy aircraft that infiltrated from Syrian territory and represented a real threat, and therefore they opened fire at it. Once they realized it was a civilian Israeli aircraft, they stopped shooting,” the military said in a statement.
“As a part of defending the area against infiltrating aircraft, troops are expected to identify and monitor suspicious craft. But this was a serious incident that is being investigated. Lessons will be learned,” the army said.