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News number: 9107111854

15:27 | 2012-10-10

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Alert over Unidentified Aircraft Halts Flights at Israeli Airport

TEHRAN (FNA)- Four days after a foreign drone penetrated Israel's airspace, Israeli air force fighters scrambled to intercept a perceived intruder again.



Israel scrambled fighter jets to Ben Gurion International Airport and flight activities there were briefly halted early Wednesday after a perceived intruder was spotted in Israel's skies, Times of Israel reported.

The rare disruption of flight activity at Israel's main airport pointed to heightened concerns about penetrations of Israel's airspace after a foreign drone flew past all Israeli anti-aircraft missile systems for half an hour on Saturday and reached near Israel's Negev nuclear center before it was allegedly shot down by the Israeli air force.

The Israeli Army Radio reported that the airport ceased activities for several minutes around 5 am on Wednesday after receiving warning that the military had spotted an unidentified aircraft. Ben Gurion's control tower was ordered to ground flights and instruct incoming planes to circle in the air until given the all clear.

The IAF reportedly sent fighter jets to the area before determining that it was not a hostile aircraft and calling off the alarm.