Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad removed his prime minister of four years, as the country grapples with a stinging economic crisis and renewed protests. He is replaced by Water Resources Minister Hussein Arnous for an interim period.
Syrian regime's news agency SANA did not specify the origin of the drone, but reported it "came from the West."
Syrian regime media said that Israeli warplanes attacked a military outpost in the Queneitra province. Israel said it was responding to anti-aircraft fire from Syria against one of its planes.
"Our air defence systems intercepted luminous objects coming from the occupied territories (Israel) and downed several of them," SANA news agency says quoting a regime military source.
Israel has been increasingly open about carrying out air strikes in Syria with an election looming in April as it tries to counter Iran's support of Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad.
Representatives of the PKK-linked YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces are holding talks with the Syrian regime in Damascus this week, to ostensibly discuss the political and military situation in SDF-controlled areas.
White Helmet rescue workers and their families were evacuated from southern Syria through the Golan Heights and into Jordan.
A deal negotiated by Russia with opposition groups in the Syria's Quneitra area last week allows safe passage to rebels and their families.
Five children and three women are among those killed on Quneitra's border with Daraa province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The war monitor says it's unclear whether the strikes were carried by the regime or its Russian ally.
Russian-backed regime forces advance against rebels in western Daraa, a war monitor says, even as regime forces claim to have retaken control of a strategic hill overlooking Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Syrian opposition fighters and their relatives are vacating southern Daraa, the first city to revolt against Bashar al Assad's rule seven years ago and plunge the country into its calamitous civil war.
Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem says that apart from Daesh and rebels, the US needs to withdraw from a strategic base in the southwest of the country.
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