Lebanon's Hezbollah downs Israeli drone, Middle East News & Top Stories

Cheryl Sanders
September 10, 2019

In a separate incident Hezbollah fighters said they had shot down an Israeli drone in Lebanon this morning as it crossed from the occupied Palestinian territories.

After civil war broke out in Syria, Hezbollah threw its weight behind President Bashar al-Assad, with thousands of its fighters travelling to Syria.

So far there has been no official mention of the attack from Syrian or Iranian sources. "Tel Aviv will burn in fire", Special Assistant to the Speaker of the Iranian Parliament for International Affairs quoted Hassan Nasrallah as having said in a recent meeting with him in Lebanon in a tweet on Monday.

The development comes amid heightened tensions between Hezbollah and the Israeli military.

The Israeli military said a "drone on a routine mission in northern Israel fell", without elaborating on what it was doing or how it was downed.

In a rare acknowledgement of deaths of its members in Syria in Israeli air raids, Nasrallah confirmed that two members of Hezbollah were killed in the attack in Syria's Aqrabah area.

"The target probably hosted ammunition, weapons or other kinds of infrastructure to serve the forces which were to use this base", ISI said in a statement.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said the fall of the two Israeli drones marked a unsafe development.

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri said two Israeli drones that came down in the Hezbollah-dominated southern suburbs of Beirut, amounted to an open attack on the country's sovereignty and an attempt to foment regional tensions.

The report said that the new Iranian compound, situated where Monday's strikes took place, was being built from scratch by the Quds forces. Days after the airstrike, Hezbollah said two Israeli attack drones crash-landed in Beirut.

Hezbollah was responding to an earlier drone attack by Israel.

A Syria-based official for the Iraqi militia claimed that Israel was behind the attack, adding that four missiles fired by warplanes hit a post manned by Iranian gunmen and members of Lebanon's Hezbollah group.

However, Hezbollah's War Media Center released a footage, showing the anti-tank Kornet missiles precisely targeting the vehicle.

Hizbollah had issued a statement saying that some of its fighters "confronted with the appropriate weapons an Israeli drone" heading towards the Lebanese border village of Ramyeh overnight. It did not say why the drone crashed, but said "there is no concern information could be taken from it".

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