Hezbollah drone brought down over Israeli territory, military says

Latest incident is the first since Hezbollah fired dozens of rockets at Israel in a flaring of tension last week

Israel shot down a Hezbollah drone after it crossed into the country's air space from Lebanon, the Israeli military said on Thursday.

It said the drone had crossed the blue line while being monitored on Wednesday before being shot down by Israeli forces.

“The IDF will continue to operate in order to prevent any attempt to violate Israeli sovereignty,” a statement from the Israeli military read.

“The drone was monitored by the IDF throughout the incident.”

A Hezbollah representative did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Israel previously downed a two Hezbollah drones in April, yet Wednesday’s incident came after last week’s flaring of tension in which the Iran-backed group fired its largest barrage of missiles on Israel since 2006.

The barrage came in response to Israeli air strikes on positions in southern Lebanon.

In a speech to mark the 15th anniversary of the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah on Saturday night, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said that further escalation with Israel may be forthcoming after last week’s exchanges of fire.

Updated: August 12th 2021, 7:22 PM