Lebanon’s Hezbollah says it downed Israel drone

Israeli drone [file photo]
Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah downed an Israeli unmanned aircraft on Monday outside a southern Lebanese town after it crossed the border, the movement said in a statement, Reuters reports.

The Israeli drone is now in the hands of Hezbollah’s fighters, the group said.

The Israeli military said one of its drones “fell inside southern Lebanon during routine operations”. In a statement, it did not say what caused the crash and noted “there is no concern information could be taken from it”.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said it was a “simple drone” without elaborating.

Hezbollah said they had “confronted” the drone with “appropriate weapons” as it was heading towards the southern Lebanese town of Ramyah and it was brought down on the edge of the town.

Hezbollah and the Israeli army exchanged cross-border fire a week ago after a drone attack in a Hezbollah-controlled Beirut suburb in the fiercest shelling exchange between the two adversaries since the 2006 Lebanon war.

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