Hezbollah rejects Israel’s drone claim

Hezbollah rejects Israel’s drone claim
Fri Apr 26, 2013 19:10:11

The Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has rejected Zionist army’s claim that the resistance movement had sent an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Lebanese television Al-Manar made the announcement Thursday through a one-line statement flashed as an urgent news bar on its screen.


Earlier in the day, the Israeli military said it shot down a UAV belonging to Hezbollah near the northern port of Haifa.


A military spokeswoman said the drone was detected in Lebanese skies and was intercepted by an F-16 fighter jet, some nine kilometers (5 miles) off Haifa’s western coastline.


A helicopter carrying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was visiting the Druze community in the north, was forced to land while the drone was intercepted.


In a statement, Netanyahu said the incident was of “extreme gravity.”


The Israeli navy is reportedly searching for the wreckage of the drone in the sea.


Last October, a UAV sent by Hezbollah flew deep into the occupied Palestinian territories before being downed by an Israeli missile.