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Hezbollah says shot down 'Israeli drone' at Lebanese border


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.

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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.

Agence France-Presse

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