Footage apparently showing the smoldering wreckage of an Israeli piece of military equipment found in southern Syria was disseminated by anti-Assad activists on Sunday.
The four-minute video uploaded to YouTube by the Free Syrian Army’s Monitoring Room shows burning metal debris and broken electronic circuits spread across an open field.
The title given to the video is “the wreckage of an Israeli spy airplane in the countryside west of Daraa.
The footage appeared hours after Syrian state TV reported two Israeli airstrikes on Sunday afternoon, one near Damascus’s international airport and the other over Dimas, northwest of the capital
According to Arabic media, eight Israeli jets took part in the attack on sites housing advanced surface-to-air systems. According to one report by Dubai-based news channel Al-Arabiya, two operatives of Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, affiliated with the Assad regime, were killed in the strike.
In the grainy video, a number of men are heard referring to a large burning metal cylinder as an aircraft missile. Later, they lift what they believe to be a detonator. The men repeatedly say the drone aircraft is Israeli, and speculate that it crashed following a collision with a second aircraft.
They then hold up a piece of debris with a sticker in Hebrew with the Rafael insignia, a leading Israeli defense technology company. A man instructs others to collect the piece with Hebrew and take it.
A spokesperson for the IDF said they do not respond to foreign reports.
Israel has reportedly carried out several airstrikes in Syria since the revolt against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011. Most of the strikes were said to have targeted sophisticated weapons systems, including Russian- and Iranian-made anti-aircraft batteries, believed to have been slated for delivery to Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist group, a staunch ally of Assad and Iran.
Israeli officials are loath to publicly claim such operations, instead maintaining a policy of ambiguity, although senior officials have confirmed several of the alleged airstrikes on the condition of anonymity. Ministers in Jerusalem have repeatedly affirmed that the country will not abide the delivery of advanced weapons systems to terror group, and in particular Hezbollah.
In keeping with that policy, Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz refused to comment directly on the attack, only saying, in an Israel Radio interview Monday, that the government had a “firm policy of preventing all possible transfers of sophisticated weapons to terrorist organizations.”