An IDF spokesman has issued a statement that an unmanned, unidentified aerial vehicle entered Israel's airspace and flew over settlements and military bases on Saturday morning.
The unidentified aircraft was shot down at around 10am on Saturday in an open area in the northern Negev.
The IDF has not yet said from where the aircraft came, but Palestinian sources say the UAV was launched out of the Gaza strip.
Army forces are currently scouring the area to collect and identify the remains of the aircraft.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak praised the IDF and the air force for their quick interception, adding that the incident occurred in an area south of Hebron.
"We take a severe view of the attempt to harm our airspace, and we will consider our response," Barak said.