Missile Fired at Israeli Drone Over Lebanon but Missed Target, Army Says

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File photo: The Israeli-Lebanese border, ten months ago.
File photo: The Israeli-Lebanese border, ten months ago. Credit: Gil Eliahu

An anti-aircraft missile was launched from Lebanon at an Israel Air Force drone, but missed the target, the Israeli military spokesman said Wednesday.

Two Lebanese security sources said Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group fired at the drone. One of the sources said the missile did not hit the aircraft, which then returned across the border.

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Witnesses said they heard the sound of an explosion. Local channel NBN had said earlier that a drone blew up.

Iran-backed Hezbollah, which has a dominant presence in the south near the border, has vowed to bring down Israeli drones breaching Lebanese airspace. The two neighboring enemies last fought in the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

Earlier this week, Hezbollah said it brought down an Israeli drone that had entered Lebanese airspace, while the Israeli military said one of its drones had fallen inside Lebanon.

Hezbollah said in a statement carried by al-Manar television that it was now in control of the drone.

The Israeli military said the drone had fallen in Lebanese territory during an operation near the border demarcation known as the Blue Line and that there was, "no breach of information."

Lebanon's government regularly files complaints to the United Nations against Israeli drones and jets that often fly into Lebanon.

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