The IDF shot down a drone that entered Israeli airspace from Lebanon

The IDF on Monday shot down a drone believed to have been flown over the border by the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group, the military said.

The incident occurred nearly three weeks after the IDF shot down four of the terrorist group’s drones in the direction of the Karish gas field.

Air traffic control units tracked the drone “throughout the incident” before it was shot down, according to an Israeli military statement on Monday.

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The statement did not say how the drone was shot down when it entered Israeli airspace, but it is believed that an electronic warfare device was used.

“The drone probably belongs to the Hezbollah terrorist group,” the IDF said.

“The IDF will continue its operations to prevent any attempt to violate Israel’s sovereignty,” the statement said.

In an image shared by the military, the drone appears to be a commercially available quadcopter manufactured by Chinese company DJI.

Defense officials have previously noted that some of the drones Hezbollah apparently uses for surveillance purposes are off-the-shelf devices.

There was no immediate statement from Hezbollah or related media about the downed drone.

Lebanon and Israel are technically at war, and the heavily guarded border is frequently crossed by drones from both sides.

Lebanon regularly complains about Israeli surveillance drones invading its airspace, but the IDF maintains that such incursions are necessary to track the activities of the Hezbollah terrorist group, which the Lebanese government is supposed to control.

On July 2, the IDF intercepted three Hezbollah drones heading for the Karish gas field. Hezbollah confirmed the launch of the drones after threatening the area, which is in a maritime area claimed by both Lebanon and Israel. In another incident, on June 29, a drone belonging to the terrorist group was shot down in Lebanese waters.

According to Defense Minister Benny Gantz, the drones were “Iranian production”.

Hezbollah then admitted that it had launched “three unarmed drones on a reconnaissance mission towards the disputed Karish field”.

Lebanon and Israel, two neighboring countries still officially at war, began unprecedented talks in October 2020 to delimit their maritime borders under Washington’s supervision to remove barriers to hydrocarbon potential.

For Israel, the Karish field is located on its territory but for Beirut, the deposit is located in disputed waters.

Talks were suspended in May 2021 due to a dispute over the surface of the disputed area, including the Karish gas field.

Tensions reignited in early June with the arrival of a vessel chartered by British exploration company Energean Plc, Lebanon, on behalf of the Jewish state, accusing Israel of operating in a disputed area.

AFP contributed to this article.

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