Israeli air force shoots down drone aircraft

The Israeli air force shot down a drone after it crossed into southern Israel on Saturday, the military said

Occupied Jerusalem:  The Israeli air force shot down a drone after it crossed into southern Israel on Saturday, the military said, but it remained unclear where the aircraft came from.

"An unmanned aerial vehicle was identified penetrating Israeli air space this morning, and was intercepted by the Israeli Air Force at approximately 10 a.m. (0700 GMT)," the military said in a brief statement.

Soldiers were searching the area where the drone was downed - in the northern part of the Negev desert - to locate and identify the drone, the statement said.

The Negev desert is near Israel's southern borders with the Gaza Strip, Egypt, Jordan and the occupied West Bank.