Military says it downed Hezbollah drone that entered Israeli airspace

Aircraft was under surveillance ‘throughout the incident’ and didn’t pose danger to nearby communities in the north, according to IDF

Israeli soldiers sit in a tent next to their mobile artillery piece near the border with Lebanon, northern Israel, August 26, 2020. (AP/Ariel Schalit)
Israeli soldiers sit in a tent next to their mobile artillery piece near the border with Lebanon, northern Israel, August 26, 2020. (AP/Ariel Schalit)

The military on Tuesday downed a drone operated by Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group after it entered Israeli airspace, an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson said.

The IDF said it tracked the drone “throughout the incident” and that it didn’t pose a danger to troops or nearby communities.

There were no details about the drone and whether it was armed or carrying surveillance devices.

“The Northern Command will continue to maintain a high level of readiness and not allow any violation of the State of Israel’s sovereignty,” a statement from the military said.

There was no immediate comment from the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group.

Yamina MK Naftali Bennett, who served as defense minister until May, slammed the incident as a “grave violation” of Israel’s sovereignty. “The State of Israel cannot accept this threat,” Bennett tweeted, referring to Hezbollah.

The IDF last reported downing a drone that entered Israeli airspace from Lebanon in August.

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)

Israeli troops on the northern border have been on high alert since a Hezbollah fighter was killed in July during an airstrike on Damascus International Airport. The strike was widely attributed to Israel, and the Iran-backed terror group has vowed retaliation.

A week after the strike, a cell of Hezbollah operatives crossed the border on the contentious Mount Dov, but were turned back with warning strikes after entering Israeli territory. In late August, shots were fired at Israeli troops near the community of Manara, but missed them.

The IDF held a drill last month simulating a war on multiple fronts, including in the north against Hezbollah, which the military generally considers its chief foe.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

read more:
Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed
Register for free
and continue reading
Registering also lets you comment on articles and helps us improve your experience. It takes just a few seconds.
Already registered? Enter your email to sign in.
Please use the following structure:
Or Continue with
By registering you agree to the terms and conditions. Once registered, you’ll receive our Daily Edition email for free.
Register to continue
Or Continue with
Log in to continue
Sign in or Register
Or Continue with
check your email
Check your email
We sent an email to you at .
It has a link that will sign you in.