Israeli drone crashes in Tripoli, Lebanese army says

Initial reports say unmanned aircraft may have fallen into waters off port city

An Israeli drone crashed Saturday morning in the port of Tripoli in northern Lebanon, the Lebanese army announced, the second such incident in the country in three weeks.

“Around 8:30 am (0530 GMT), a drone belonging to the Israeli enemy fell in the port of Tripoli,” said the military statement.

According to some reports in Lebanese media the aircraft plunged into the sea. There were no further details.

On June 21, Israel carried out an air strike in eastern Lebanon to destroy one of its drones that had crashed in the mountains outside the village of Saghbine.

Images published by Lebanese media purported to show the remains of the drone that was targeted, including what looked to be a wing and twisted pieces of metal

A Lebanese defense officials told local media that the drone crashed near Saghbine, though he refused to go into detail until there had been “a proper investigation.”

Al-Nahar, a Lebanese newspaper, uploaded photographs of the supposed Israeli drone’s wreckage.

The IDF spokesperson had no comment on the report.

Israel has allegedly carried out a number of airstrikes against Hezbollah in Syria in recent months, most notably a January strike that reportedly killed 12 people — six Hezbollah members and six Iranian soldiers — including Iranian general Mohammad Ali Allahdadi.

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