On January 22, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) downed an unidentified drone which crossed from Lebanon to Israeli airspace.
In a statement, the IDF said the drone was monitored by its troops throughout the incident. The army didn’t provide any additional details on the matter.
“We will continue to operate in order to prevent any attempt to violate Israeli sovereignty,” the IDF added.
Israeli sources said the drone crossed 150 meters into Israeli airspace before being downed by the IDF with electronic warfare means. The drone reportedly landed near the northern settlement of Hanita.
The drone was likely launched by Lebanon’s Hezbollah, who is known for operating small drones along the separation line with Israel. On March 26 of last year, the IDF shot down a drone of the group near the line.
Israel has been anticipating an attack by Hezbollah since July 20 of last year, when a fighter of the group was killed in an IDF strike on the Syrian capital Damascus.
Tel Aviv is taking the Lebanese group’s threats seriously. Since July 20, strict security measures have been imposed on the separation line with Lebanon. Nevertheless, Hezbollah is yet to respond.
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