IDF Strands Parts of Intercepted Hezbollah Drone at Negev Crash Site

More than a week after the downing of the Iranian-made UAV sent by Hezbollah, the wreckage, including a part of the hull and wing, was spotted by Bedouin residents.

Gili Cohen
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Parts of the Hezbollah drone that was shot down by the Israeli Air Force more than a week ago were left behind after the army concluded its investigation. The wreckage was first noticed by Bedouin who reside in the area.

Wreckage left behind by the IAF includes a part of the UAV's hull and wing, bearing the serial number "12."

Israel's Channel 10 was first to report that large parts of the Iranian drone, which was apparently sent by Lebanon's Hezbollah, were left at the crash site in the Western Negev, near Yatir Forest.

Footage of the wreckage taken by the media was blurred at the request of the military censor.

Only after informing the military authorities, a police bomb squad arrived at the site and examined the wreckage, after which the parts were transferred to the IAF.

Following the shooting down of the drone, the IDF explained that it was seeking to avoid intercepting the UAV over populated areas.

Other than aiming to limit the damage to residential areas, the IDF also chose that location so it could collect the drone's parts in order to trace its operators.

The IDF insisted that the drone was identified before entering Israeli airspace and was tracked both by an IAF aircraft and by ground antiaircraft units, but was not shot down earlier due to those reasons.

Following the downing of the drone, many IDF soldiers were sent to locate and retrieve the wreckage, but as it turns out, not all of the wreckage was found.

Soon after the incident, Israeli officials had hinted that the drone might have been the work of Hezbollah, which is believed to hold Iranian weapons. On Thursday, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah claimed responsibility for the drone.

Nasrallah said that the drone flew dozens of kilometers over the Mediterranean Sea before it entered Israeli airspace and was discovered.

The Iranian-made drone, Nasrallah said, "will not be the last to be sent over Palestine." The serial number engraved to the hull of the drone might support his claim.

The IDF Spokesperson's unit said in response: "The IDF has received Israeli Police's findings, which will be examined by the military authorities."

A screenshot taken from video released by the IDF Spokesman, showing an unidentified drone being downed, October 6, 2012.

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