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Hezbollah takes responsibility for drones launched at Karish gas field

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

A drone which the Israeli military says was launched by the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group, is seen shortly before being intercpted by an Israeli fighter jet over the Mediterranean Sea, July 2, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
A drone which the Israeli military says was launched by the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group, is seen shortly before being intercpted by an Israeli fighter jet over the Mediterranean Sea, July 2, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Lebanese Hezbollah terror group claims responsibility for launching three drones at the Karish gas field in Israel’s territorial waters earlier today, which were shot down by Israel.

Hezbollah says the drones were intended to carry out a “reconnaissance mission” in the area, adding that the mission was accomplished successfully and ” a message was conveyed.”

The IDF said earlier that one UAV was downed by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by missiles launched from a ship.

Israel says the drilling platform is in part of its UN-recognized exclusive economic zone, but Beirut insists it is in a disputed area.

Lebanon and Israel — which have no diplomatic relations and consider each other enemy states — have been holding indirect talks brokered by the US for close to two years to resolve a maritime border dispute.

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