Israeli Army Neutralizes Drone Entering Airspace From Lebanon

Incident comes as concerns grow that the coronavirus could precipitate a confrontation between Hezbollah and Israel

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A "blue line" sign, the demarcation line drawn by the UN to mark Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000, near the Lebanese village of Aita al-Shaab, July 12, 2020.
A "blue line" sign, the demarcation line drawn by the UN to mark Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000, near the Lebanese village of Aita al-Shaab, July 12, 2020.Credit: AFP
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

The Israeli Defense Forces identified a drone coming into Israeli airspace from Lebanon, a statement from the military said on Sunday.

The IDF said they had neutralized the drone using advanced technology. According to early assessments, the device's purpose appears to have been surveillance rather than assault.

The statement did not confirm various media reports that the military had taken control of the device, but only said it had used a "variety of tools" against it.

Last year, an Israeli company announced they had developed anti-drone technology that can seize control of enemy drones and land them anywhere. This potentially makes it possible to reuse them and extract any data that the drone collected prior to its interception. 

The restive border area with Lebanon has been quiet in recent weeks, after Hezbollah and Israeli forces traded barbs along the border earlier this year. 

But the coronavirus crisis and the dire state of Lebanon's economy has heightened concerns of a confrontation between the Lebanese militant movement and Israel

the Israeli military also found several people trying to cross into Israel from its northern neighbor in recent weeks. Several were Sudanese citizens that were sent back to Lebanon in coordination with the UN ceasefire monitoring force, UNIFIL

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