A miniature glider apparently launched by Hezbollah's broadcasting networking crashed near Lebanon's border with Israel last month, media sources reported on Sunday.
The Israel Defense Forces believes that the Al-Manar network launched the unmanned plane about two weeks ago as a provocative measure to mark four years since Israel's war with Hezbollah, which killed more than 1,000 Lebanese.
The glider, which measured only some 50 centimeters, was found in pieces by IDF soldiers. The spokesperson's office said it found no cameras or explosives aboard the glider, and called it a "model plane, the type you can by in a store."
During the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Hezbollah launched three Iranian-made drones over Israel. All three were packed with explosives weighing dozens of kilograms, targeting Israel's center. Two of them were downed by Israel Air Force combat planes, and a third crashed because of technical problems.
The IDF believes that the Hezbollah is eyeing another war along its southern border with Israel. The militant group has also been under recent pressure due to accusations of its involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, leading the IDF to worry that it might turn to fighting Israel to divert attention from that matter.
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