Israeli Forces Fire Missiles At Lebanese Drone

Israel’s military on Friday said it has fired interceptor missiles after what it has described as a drone launched from Lebanon crossed into its airspace on its northern border.

“Air raid sirens were sounded, sending residents into bomb shelters, after a radio-controlled aircraft crossed into Israeli airspace from Lebanon,” the army said in a statement.

In a tweet post, the Israeli air force said that “Iron Dome interceptors were launched” and fighter jets scrambled to patrol the area.

Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group has claimed they have launched the drone on a reconnaissance mission over Israel. “We have launched our (Hassan) drone on a 40-minute, 70-kilometer (45-mile) reconnaissance mission across the border and that the drone made it back to Lebanon,” Hezbollah said in a statement.

Israeli military confirmed that the drone managed to return to Lebanon.

After the Hezbollah announcement, Israeli fighter jets flew low over Beirut, jolting residents and rattled windows.

Friday’s attack comes two days after Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah claimed they have capabilities to launch missiles. Nasrallah said “it is no secret to the Israelis that we have the capacity to transform our missiles into precision missiles”.

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