Second drone downed in 48 hours over south Syria, says Damascus Sep 22, 2019 0 194 12345 AFPDamascusA drone was shot down on Saturday in Quneitra province in southern Syria, the second such incident in 48 hours, state media said.Authorities “dismantled a drone” after it was shot down on the edge of Jaba al-Sheikh in the countryside of Quneitra province, southwest of Damascus, state news agency SANA reported.The drone was loaded with bombs and C4 explosive, it said. The origin of the drone was not specified, though SANA reported it “came from the west”.On Thursday, another drone was downed by Syrian anti-aircraft defences over the village of Aqraba, south of Damascus, SANA reported, also without specifying the origin of the drone.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the downing of the drone on Saturday but was not able to confirm if it was hit by forces of the Syrian regime, or its ally, the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah.Hezbollah and regional Shiite power Iran, both enemies of Israel, back the Damascus government in Syria’s conflict. On August 24, Israel launched a strike on Aqraba to prevent what the Jewish state said was a planned attack with drones carrying explosives to its territory by Iran and pro-Iranian militia fighters.The Observatory said that strike killed five fighters, including two Hezbollah members and an Iranian. RELATED ARTICLES Iran issues warning as US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia Sep 22, 2019 0 1436 Hundreds of protesters call for Egypt President Sisi to step down Sep 22, 2019 0 249 Hong Kong police, protesters clash in 16th weekend of rallies Sep 22, 2019 0 544 Saudi vows response to oil attacks ‘aggression’ Cairo: Saudi Arabia on Saturday vowed to take “appropriate measures” in response to last weekend’s attacks on its oil facilities that the kingdom blamed on Iran. Yemen’s Iran-linked Houthi rebels have claimed .. Somali pirates release Iranian held hostage since 2015 Nairobi: An Iranian held for more than four years by Somali pirates has been released, a humanitarian organization that helps hostages said on Saturday. Mohammad Sharif Panahandeh was a crew member on the FV Siraj, an .. Rights group urges restraint after protests against Sissi dpa Cairo An international rights group has called on Egyptian authorities to protect the right to peaceful protest and to immediately release those detained, hours after the country saw rare protests against .. Nigeria rejects United Nations report on violence Abuja: Nigeria on Friday rejected the findings of a UN report on violence in the country accusing it of simply blaming the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. “While we agree that the violence in Nigeria, or in any .. Ready for Syria operation ahead of Trump talks, says Turkey’s Erdogan Ankara: Turkey’s preparations on the border with Syria ahead of a possible operation have been completed, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday ahead of talks with US counterpart Donald Trump. “Our ..