Israeli Drone Crashes in Lebanon, Military Says

Army says no risk of intelligence leak from crash, as it braces for Hezbollah response over killing of militant in Syria strike attributed to Israel

Noa Shpigel
Noa Shpigel
A picture taken on July 12, 2020 near the northern Israeli town of Shtula shows the demarcation line drawn by the UN to mark Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000.
A picture taken on July 12, 2020 near the northern Israeli town of Shtula shows the demarcation line drawn by the UN to mark Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000. Credit: JALAA MAREY / AFP
Noa Shpigel
Noa Shpigel

An Israel Defense Forces drone crashed in Lebanon on Sunday evening during operations near the border, the military said, adding that no intelligence or information could have been leaked in the incident.

The military has taken a number of steps to increase preparedness near the Lebanon border after Hezbollah said in a statement this week that one of its fighters was killed last week in a strike blamed on Israel near Damascus International Airport, south of the Syrian capital.

According to a report by Lebanon's Al-Mayadeen channel on Saturday, Israel sent a message to Hezbollah saying that it did not intend to kill the operative. In the message, reportedly sent to the Lebanese Shi'ite militant group through the United Nations, Israel told Hezbollah that it was unaware that its fighters were in the area.

The report also said that Israel sent a warning against any military response from Hezbollah over the strike. The organization confirmed that it had received the messages but denied any Israeli threats, the report said.

Meanwhile, on Friday, an explosion along the Syrian-Israeli border caused damage to a building and a car in the Golan Heights town of Majdal Shams. The military's main assessment was that the blast was caused by an unsuccessful attempt by Syrian forces to intercept an Israeli drone with an anti-aircraft weapon. However, it did not rule out the possibility of intentional rocket fire.

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