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UAV Downed Along Border With Jordan, As Israel Thanks U.S. For Supporting Its Hostilities

UAV Downed Along Border With Jordan, As Israel Thanks U.S. For Supporting Its Hostilities

UAV Downed Along Border With Jordan, As Israel Thanks U.S. For Supporting Its Hostilities









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UAV Downed Along Border With Jordan, As Israel Thanks U.S. For Supporting Its Hostilities

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On the morning of May 18th, an unknown UAV approached the Israeli border from Jordan’s direction.


It approached from the direction of the Valley of Sources and, presumably, was launched from the territory of Syria.


According to the military, the unmanned aerial vehicle was flying toward the area of Beit She’an in northern Israel when it was brought down.


“The UAV was being monitored by IDF air control units. The fragments of the UAV were collected by security forces,” the military says.


Though the drone approached the Israeli border from Jordan, it is not immediately clear that it originated there.


In 2018, an UAV launched from Syria’s T-4 Air Base entered Israeli airspace in a similar area before it was shot down by an Israeli helicopter, prompting the IDF to launch major raids on Iranian assets in Syria.


Meanwhile, heavy Israeli bombardment on Gaza continues.


For the operation to continue, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz thanked the United States for blocking any UN statement on the hostilities in the West Bank, and allow Tel Aviv’s raids to continue.


Gantz also called all those who claimed Israeli was an aggressor were “hypocritical”.


On May 17th, the White House said Mr Biden had spoken with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and voiced “support” for a ceasefire.


At the same time, he reportedly allowed $735 million worth of weapon sales to Israel, so it appears that no pressure would be exerted, simply a claim that a “ceasefire” would be good.


Biden’s secretary of state, Antony Blinken, claimed at a press conference that Washington was working behind the scenes.


“Any diplomatic initiative that advances that prospect is something that we’ll support,” he said. “And we are again willing and ready to do that. But ultimately it is up to the parties to make clear that they want to pursue a ceasefire.”


Despite that, on May 17th, the US blocked moves by China, Norway and Tunisia in the UN Security Council for a statement by the UNSC, including a call for the cessation of hostilities. The proposed statement called for an end to “the crisis related to Gaza” and the protection of civilians, especially children.


UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric spoke of the need to take unified action, telling a press conference: “I would really restate the need for a very strong and unified voice from the Security Council, which we think will carry weight.”


The AFP news agency said the US refusal to endorse a joint Security Council statement was met with “disbelief” by its allies.


It quoted one diplomat as saying: “We are just asking the US to support a statement by the Security Council that would pretty much say similar things which are being saying bilaterally from Washington.”


At least 212 people, including 61 children, have lost their lives in Gaza, and 10, including two children, in Israel. There have been nightly clashes in Jerusalem between police and Palestinian protesters.


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