Taiwanese Soldiers Fire Defensive Shots At Intruding Chinese Drone For First Time
Taiwan - Taiwanese soldiers have fired live ammunition at a Chinese drone that had intruded over one of Taiwan's outer islands for the first time, on Tuesday, August 30th. Taiwan had warned on Sunday, August 28th that it would shoot down Chinese drones that did not heed their warnings.
The Army's Kinmen Defense Command (KDC) stated on Tuesday that at 4:23 pm, three groups of three "civilian" drones had been detected flying above Dadan Island, Erdan Island, and Shi Islet in Lieyu Township, of Kinmen County.
Taiwanese soldiers then fired warning shots with signal flares, at which point the Chinese UAV flew away, toward Xiamen, China.
At 5:59 pm, an additional drone flew into airspace over Erdan Island once again, at which point Taiwan soldiers again issued warnings, this time however they "fired defensive shots to drive away" the drone, as the drone kept circling over restricted waters around Erdan Island. After this, the drone flew toward Xiamen China at around 6 pm.
The KDC said that they will "continue to maintain vigilance and closely monitor the situation".
On Sunday, the KDC had said that they would be heeding a four-step process when it comes to dealing with Chinese drone incursions, including "firing signal flares, reporting the intrusion, driving the drone out, and shooting it down".
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