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IDF says it shot down drone that crossed into Israeli airspace from Lebanon

Military claims it identified UAV as it approached border and took it out; incident comes hours after predawn strikes in Syria attributed to Israel

Illustrative: A drone that the IDF says was flown into Israel from Lebanon by Hezbollah before it was shot down by IDF troops, on March 26, 2020. (Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative: A drone that the IDF says was flown into Israel from Lebanon by Hezbollah before it was shot down by IDF troops, on March 26, 2020. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF shot down a drone that was crossing into Israeli airspace from Lebanon, the military said Friday.

The drone was identified as it approached the border and “monitored by the IDF throughout the incident,” the IDF said.

“The IDF will continue to act to prevent any violation of the sovereignty of the State of Israel,” the military added in a statement.

There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Last month, the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah claimed to have flown a drone into Israel and filmed two military bases near the border.

Hezbollah’s television channel al-Manar said the aerial video was filmed during the “Lethal Arrow” drill held by the Israel Defense Forces in October, which included the simulation of a war in the north against the terror group.

That drone returned to Lebanon without being exposed, Hezbollah claimed.

Illustrative: A Syrian anti-aircraft missile is fired into the sky near Damascus during an alleged Israeli airstrike, on January 6, 2021. (Screen capture: SANA)

The latest drone incident on Friday came hours after Syrian media reported that Israeli airstrikes targeted a site near the city of Hama in northwestern Syria.

These were the first Israeli strikes against targets in Syria reported since US President Joe Biden entered office earlier this week and the fifth such alleged attack in the past month.

The nature of the target was not immediately known. Israel has reportedly bombed sites connected to Iran’s alleged missile production and transport efforts in the area of Hama before.

According to the official Syrian state news outlet SANA, a family of four was killed during the bombardment, which it referred to as “Israeli aggression,” and at least three homes were damaged on the outskirts of Hama.

The Syrian military did not explicitly say the deaths and destruction were caused by Israeli munitions, likely indicating that they were instead caused by Syrian surface-to-air missiles that misfired or by shrapnel. Syrian air defenses have caused the deaths of several Syrian civilians.

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