An Israeli-made Hermes 900 Kochav drone, designed for tactical missions. File photo/ Reuters
Hezbollah said on Monday it had shot down an “Israeli drone” as it crossed the border with Lebanon, a week after a confrontation between the arch-foes.
Fighters from the Lebanese Shiite movement “confronted with necessary weapons an Israeli drone” as it entered southern Lebanon, a statement said.
The drone is now in the hands of Hezbollah, it added.
Israel did not immediately comment.
The incident follows an escalation in tensions between the two which included an exchange of fire on Sunday, Sept.1.
The Iran-backed Shiite movement said it had fired anti-tank missiles into Israel, destroying a military vehicle and killing or wounding those inside.
Israel's army said it had responded with around 100 artillery shells after Hezbollah targeted a battalion headquarters and military ambulance, hitting both. Israeli officials denied claims of casualties.
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah later said his organisation would respond to any further Israeli attacks with strikes “deep inside Israel” and not just along the border.
Iran-backed Hezbollah is a major political actor in Lebanon and a key government backer in war-torn Syria.
The incident came hours after Israel launched air strikes in neighbouring Syria but the official could not confirm if the Drones were Israeli or if they had been shot down by Hezbollah.
The Israeli air force struck a Palestinian base in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria early on Monday amid rising tensions in the Middle East, the Lebanese state-run National News Agency and a Palestinian official said.
Hizbollah will respond with a “surprise” strike against Israel after drones crashed in Lebanon, but a new war remains unlikely, the Iran-backed movement said, amid heightened fears of a full-scale confrontation between the longtime adversaries.
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