Taiwan shot down, for the first time, a civilian drone of unknown origin

Taiwan shot down, for the first time, a civilian drone of unknown origin
Taiwan shot down, for the first time, a civilian drone of unknown origin

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Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Thursday that its armed forces shot down a civilian drone of unclear ownership after it violated airspace over the Kinmen Islands, a short distance from the Chinese cities of Xiamen and Guangzhou.

In the press release published by the ministry, it added that it will continue to investigate the incident and monitor the airspace to guarantee its safety.

The drone entered Taiwan’s airspace near an islet just off the Chinese coast on Thursday, after the Taipei government vowed tough new measures to deal with a rise in such incursions.

Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its own over strong objections from the Taipei government, has held military exercises across the island since early last month in response to a visit to Taipei by the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

Taiwan’s government has vowed not to provoke or escalate tensions, but has been particularly angered recently by repeated instances of Chinese drones buzzing over Taiwanese-controlled islands off China’s coast.

The Defense Command for Kinmen (a group of islands controlled by Taiwan across from the Chinese cities of Xiamen and Guangzhou), said in a statement released by Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense that the drone entered restricted airspace over the Lion islet shortly after noon local time (7 am Greek time).

Troops on the islet tried to warn the aircraft to move away, but to no avail, so they shot it down, with the wreckage landing in the sea, he added.

Taiwan fired warning shots at a drone for the first time on Tuesday, shortly after President Tsai Ing-wen ordered the military to take “strong countermeasures” against what it called Chinese provocations.

Source: Reuters, APE-MPE

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