Israeli drone crashes in Lebanon due to malfunction

Army says no sensitive info lost in incident; according to Al-Manar, spy plane was destroyed by second aircraft after going down in country’s south

A photo on local media claims to show the crash site of an Israeli drone that went down in Lebanon, March 31, 2018 (screenshot)
A photo on local media claims to show the crash site of an Israeli drone that went down in Lebanon, March 31, 2018 (screenshot)

An Israeli drone on Saturday crashed in Lebanese territory due to a technical malfunction, the Israeli army said.

The IDF said the incident was being investigated, and added that no sensitive information had been lost due to the crash.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television had reported on the crash earlier. It said the unmanned aircraft went down between the villages of Beit Yahoun and Baraachit in southern Lebanon.

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A second Israeli aircraft then fired at the downed drone and destroyed it, according to the Lebanese report.

Photos in Lebanon purported to show crash site.

On Sunday, Arabic media outlets reported that Israeli jets struck a number of Hezbollah positions along the Lebanon-Syria border, in reports that were not confirmed by either Hezbollah or the IAF.

The reports said the attacks were said to have occurred near the eastern Lebanese town of Baalbek, near the Syrian border.

The Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group denied the airstrikes took place. A spokesperson for the Israeli military said she was aware of the reports in Arabic media, but could not comment further.

Lebanese media outlet al-Jadeed news reported the loud sounds heard by residents of the area were not explosions, but Israeli planes breaking the sound barrier, causing sonic booms.

In statements to Hezbollah-affiliated media, the terrorist group said neither it nor the Syrian army were bombed by Israel “in Baalbek or in Syria.”

In general, the Israeli army does not discuss its airstrikes in foreign countries.

However, Israel has said repeatedly that it will thwart attempts by the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group to acquire advanced weaponry.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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