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Army confirms Hezbollah drone heading offshore shot down last week

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

A drone belonging to the Hezbollah terror group was shot down as it flew toward waters claimed by Israel last week, the Israel Defense Forces announces.

The military says the UAV was taken down on June 29 “at a great distance from the maritime border” with Lebanon, adding that there was no threat or danger to Israel.

On Saturday, three Hezbollah drones heading for the Karish gas field were downed by a fighter jet and missiles launched from Navy ships. It is thought that the earlier drone was also heading for the play, which is caught in a tug of war between Israel and Lebanon; Hezbollah has threatened to attack an Israeli rig moved there last month.

An Israeli Sa’ar Class 4.5 missile boat guards the Energean floating production, storage and offloading vessel at the Karish gas field, in footage published by the military on July 2, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF does not say how the drone was taken down in the earlier incident.

The military’s announcement confirms a report in the Lebanese pro-Hezbollah Al-Akhbar newspaper earlier today, which revealed that Hezbollah’s Saturday drone launch had been preceded by one on Wednesday.

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