A sworn enemy of the Jewish state and a close ally of Iran, Hezbollah said in a statement that it had launched a drone
on a reconnaissance mission for 40 minutes in Israeli airspace.
Despite numerous attempts by the enemy to intercept it, the drone was not touched.
In northern Israel, residents rush to shelters after alarm sirens sound
due to a drone that entered the airspace from Lebanonaccording to an army statement.
The Iron Dome air defense system was activated and fighter jets patrolled the areaadded the text.
radar contact was lost with the dronehe pointed out, implying that the device had not been intercepted.
In Lebanon and after this new drone attack by Hezbollah, Israeli combat planes flew over Beirut at very low altitude, breaking the sound barrier.
Videos showing fighter jets, visible to the naked eye, flying over the Lebanese capital have circulated on social networks. The Lebanese army confirmed the overflight of Beirut by Israeli aircraft, according to the national agency ANI.
On Thursday, the Israeli army claimed to have shot down a drone launched, according to it, by Hezbollah.
Israel and Lebanon are two countries technically in a state of war.
Hezbollah manufactures its own drones, says leader
Hezbollah is the main political and military force in Lebanon and the only Lebanese faction to have kept its weapons after the civil war (1975-1990).
The Shiite movement, which sits in the Lebanese government and parliament, is considered an organization
terrorist by several Arab and Western countries.
On Wednesday, its leader Hassan Nasrallah claimed in a televised speech that Hezbollah had
started making drones a long time ago, the Israeli enemy wanting to prevent it from bringing drones from Iran.
It’s no secret to Israelis […]we have the ability to transform our missiles into precision missileshe warned.
In January, the capture of a Hezbollah drone gave the Israeli military access for the first time to data showing how the Lebanese movement operated these flying machines, Israeli security sources said.
In 2006, the last major confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah left more than 1,200 dead on the Lebanese side, mostly civilians, and 160 on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers, in 33 days.
Since this war, Hassan Nasrallah has lived in hiding and has only very rarely appeared in public.
Lebanon is today hit by the worst socio-economic crisis in its history, attributed by a large part of the population to the ruling class accused of corruption. Legislative elections are in principle scheduled for May.