An Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle crashed in southern Lebanon Saturday morning — a Skylark drone that malfunctioned during routine operations along the border near the town of Marjayoun, the Israel Defense Forces said, adding that it was investigating further.
According to a Lebanese media report about two weeks ago, an Israeli drone had entered Lebanese airspace. According to Hezbollah, the drone blew up an Israeli listening device after the gadget was discovered near the city of Tyre in southern Lebanon.
A Hezbollah member was reportedly killed in the blast and several others were wounded. It was also claimed that the drone had been discovered earlier that day by Lebanese army forces in and around the village of Adloun near Tyre.
A few hours later, the Lebanese army reported that another Israeli listening device had been discovered and dismantled. This was not the first incident involving a Skylark. One crashed in the southern Gaza Strip in March after a malfunction.
Also, in October last year, a Skylark used by the Artillery Corps crashed in Gaza. That drone was also brought down by a technical failure – a kilometer from the Israeli border near Kibbutz Nahal Oz.
The Skylark is manufactured by Israeli defense electronics firm Elbit Systems. It weighs seven kilograms and is intended for use by battalion commanders to help in intelligence gathering.
It is operated by teams from the Skylark battalion who join infantry battalions. It is transported and operated directly by forces in the field.
Lebanese Army finds Israeli MK drone in Marjeyoun, southern Lebanon, Sept. 20, 2014.
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