Syrian opposition shoot down Israeli 'spy' bird near Turkish border

Published 01.08.2017 00:00
Updated 01.08.2017 00:01
Shot of the eagle shot down by Syrian rebels.
Shot of the eagle shot down by Syrian rebels.

Syrian oppositıon forces fighting the Assad forces announced that they captured a dead eagle that originated from Syria with a camera and surveillance equipment strapped to its body.

The bird was flying in an area in Idlib, near the Turkish border. It was shot down when opposition forces found it suspicious that the bird was always flying over the same area for a few days. It was not clear whether the bird was used by Israeli intelligence, while opposition forces scoured the area for possible other "spy" birds.

Opposition-held Idlib is a flashpoint province in the ongoing civil war that gripped Syria six years ago and is located near the lengthy border with Turkey. Turkey has reinforced its border security due to the spillover of violence from the Syrian conflict and infiltration from the war-torn country's lax borders.

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