Israel Loses Freedom of Action Over Lebanon Skies: Official

Israeli Air Force (IAF) Chief Amikam Norkin said Wednesday that his country lost freedom of action over Lebanon skies after a drone was nearly shot down by an anti-aircraft missile over Lebanon a year ago.

“Tel Aviv also restricted air operations after realizations that Lebanon’s Hezbollah group had some capability of which the government of Israel was not aware of,” Norkin told the Kan public broadcaster.

The outgoing IAF Chief, Norkin said that Israel no longer has air superiority in its northern neighbor, and also reduced the number of surveillance flights over fear of being targeted with missiles. 

“It also caused Israel’s intelligence gathering capabilities,” Norkin added.

Iranian-backed Hezbollah group has reportedly been holding onto some weapons, like the anti-aircraft missiles and using it against Israel in case of an eruption of war.

In February, head of Hezbollah group, Hassan Nasrallah said they have the ability to re-engineer thousands of rockets as precision-guided weapons and also said that “the Zionist entity is in the midst of a crisis and nearing its end.”

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