JERUSALEM, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- An unmanned aircraft crossed into Israel's airspace Saturday morning and flew over settlements and military bases in southern Israel briefly, before it was shot down by the Israeli air force, the Israeli military said.
The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was spotted entering Israel's airspace from the Mediterranean sea heading from the west to the east, and was later shot down in an open unpopulated area, according to the Israel Defense Forces Spokesman's Office.
The office did not give words on where the UAV originated.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak praised the IDF and the air force for their quick and effective interception, adding that the incident occurred in an area south of Hebron.
IDF soldiers are currently searching the area where the drone was downed, in open areas in the northern Negev, to locate debris and identify the drone, the office said in a statement.