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IDF drone crashes in Lebanon; Hezbollah claims to shoot it down

Military refuses to comment on terror group’s claim, but confirms device went down north of the border during ‘routine activities’

An Israeli drone that the Hezbollah terror group claims it downed over southern Lebanon, on September 30, 2021. (Central Media)
An Israeli drone that the Hezbollah terror group claims it downed over southern Lebanon, on September 30, 2021. (Central Media)

An Israeli military drone crashed in southern Lebanon on Thursday afternoon, with the Hezbollah terror group claiming that it brought the device down.

The Shiite organization said that it took down the drone at around 1:55 p.m., near the outskirts of the town of Yater in southern Lebanon, by “targeting it with appropriate weapons.”

Hezbollah later released photographs of the drone, a model that appeared to have been made from off-the-shelf components, including a Sony mirrorless camera.

The Israel Defense Forces said that it was aware of Hezbollah’s claims but declined to immediately comment on them. An IDF spokesperson said that he was looking into the matter.

Earlier, the IDF said that the device was performing “routine activities” when it went down.

Such crashes are relatively common with small drones like the one that went down on Thursday, and there are generally no concerns that intelligence can be gleaned from the off-the-shelf devices.

Last year, a senior IDF intelligence officer quipped on the matter: “If a drone is shot down, the enemy will discover a top secret: There is a company called Sony, and it sells cameras.”

The military added that the incident would be investigated.

In August, the IDF said that it downed a drone belonging to Hezbollah that entered Israeli airspace.

A military spokesman said at the time that the device was not armed.

That incident came a week after Hezbollah launched 19 rockets toward Israel, with the IDF firing three artillery barrages at targets in southern Lebanon in response.

The day before that exchange of fire — the first of its kind since the 2006 Second Lebanon War — Israel struck targets in south Lebanon in response to what the IDF said was rocket fire into Israel by Palestinian terror groups in the area.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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