Israeli army says drone intercepted in Lebanon – News


According to the official statement, the drone “probably” belongs to the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement

This crop of video released by the Israeli Army Spokesperson’s Unit on July 2, 2022 reportedly shows the Israeli army intercepting a drone launched by the Lebanese Hezbollah. — AFP

From AFP

Released: Mon, July 18, 2022, 9:14 p.m

Last updated: Mon, July 18, 2022, 9:15 p.m

The Israeli army said Monday it had intercepted a drone believed to belong to the Lebanese Hezbollah group that was invading the Jewish state’s northern airspace.

“Soldiers have detected and intercepted a drone that entered Israeli territory from Lebanon,” the army said in a statement, adding that the drone “probably” belongs to the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement.

Earlier this month the army said it had intercepted three drones fired by Hezbollah heading for the Karish offshore gas field in the Mediterranean.

Another Hezbollah drone “approaching Israel’s economic waters” was shot down in late June, according to the army.

Israel waged a devastating war with Hezbollah in 2006 and considers the group one of its main enemies.

Lebanon and Israel are technically still at war and have no diplomatic ties. UN peacekeepers patrol the border.

Lebanon condemned Israel last month when an Israeli-chartered vessel operated by London-listed energy company Energean entered the Karish offshore field.

At the time, Hezbollah warned Energean against continuing its activities.

The two countries resumed negotiations over their maritime border in 2020, but the process was stalled by Beirut’s claims that the map used by the UN in the talks needed to be changed.

Lebanon initially demanded 860 square kilometers of water, which was said to be disputed, but then demanded an additional 1,430 square kilometers, including part of the Karish field.

Israel claims the field is within its waters and is not part of the disputed area, which is the subject of ongoing negotiations.


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