Israel’s spy satellite was captured in Syria by a Syrian government unit, an internal Israeli military document showed on Tuesday.
A video of the satellite was released by the Syrian state news agency SANA showing it being hoisted from the ground.
The satellite, dubbed “Al-Hussein”, was captured by a unit of the Syrian military, according to a document on the Syrian National Security Council website.
Syrian state media, which is closely linked to the government, reported the satellite captured near the southern city of Deir al-Zour.
Syrian military spokesman Brigadier General Hussein al-Basha said in a statement on Tuesday that the satellite “came down from the sky” in the area of Deira al-Qaboun and that it was “identified as the intelligence satellite of the army”.
“It was brought down by the army’s precision guided missile system and was able to reach the location where it was found, where it has been for a long time, and the exact location where the army is,” he said.
Al-Bashas defence ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the video.
The Israeli military has confirmed it has captured the satellite, saying it was sent to the Syrian government to assist in its fight against terrorists.
In December, Syrian state media said it had captured a Russian-made satellite that had been smuggled out of Syria by the Islamic State group.