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Israel takes down Hezbollah drones headed for Mediterranean gas rig

By intercepting Iran-made UAVs sent by Hezbollah earlier this week, Israel has made it clear that it can protect its maritime assets.
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Prime Minister Yair Lapid met today in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron. One of the main topics of their conversation was the escalation between Israel and Hezbollah. Before embarking for France, Lapid said, “There have been repeated attacks on Israeli gas rigs. Israel will not tolerate these attacks. Anyone who does this is taking an unnecessary risk.” He then called on the Lebanese government to “rein in Hezbollah from these attacks, or else we will need to do it.”

This past Saturday, Hezbollah launched three unmanned aircrafts toward the Karish gas rig in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. The IDF discovered the small aircraft in flight and shot them down by means of a fighter jet and a navy artillery ship. The interceptions occurred at various distances from the Karish rig, and at least one of the aircraft came within a few miles of it. 

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