Soldiers fire at an IDF drone at the Lebanese border for misidentification

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Israeli soldiers shot at a drone near the Lebanese border on Sunday afternoon, only to discover it belonged to the military.

The soldiers initially suspected the drone had flown into Israeli airspace from Lebanon, the Israel Defense Forces said. They shot it due to a “misidentification.”

The drone was not damaged in the incident, the military said. It added that a further investigation would take place.

It was not immediately clear what type of drone was being shot at.

Lebanon and Israel are technically at war, and drones have become an integral part of their heavily guarded border.

Small, commercial models used for simple reconnaissance missions are the types of IDF drones that have previously fallen in Lebanon. Such drones, which are relatively cheap, crash or are shot down in Lebanon – and Gaza – with a frequency of once every few months.

Lebanon regularly complains about Israeli surveillance drones invading its airspace, but the IDF claims such raids are necessary to track the activities of the Hezbollah terrorist group, which is tasked with keeping the Lebanese government under control.

According to news site Walla, at least 74 drones flown by Hezbollah crossed Israeli territory last year, compared to 94 in 2020 and 54 the year before. Most drones were shot down.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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