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Lebanon’s Hezbollah says it downed Israeli drone on border

The Israeli army acknowledged the downing, saying the drone crashed in Lebanese territory during routine activity.
Smoke and fire billow during mock cross-border raids by Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, part of large-scale military exercise, in Aaramta bordering Israel on May 21, 2023 ahead of the anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO / AFP) (Photo by ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images)

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s paramilitary group Hezbollah announced Monday the downing of an Israeli drone that entered Lebanese airspace in the south.

The Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar channel reported that fighters of the group shot down the drone with “appropriate weapons” near the southern village of Zibqine, without providing more details.

In a statement, Israel's military acknowledged that one of its drones crashed in Lebanese territory during “routine activity,” adding that there was no risk of any data being taken from the drone.

Israel and Lebanon remain technically at war. However, the two countries’ armies have not engaged in direct confrontation since the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon in May 2000.

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