Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Israel claims responsibility for drone strike in Syria

Israel claims responsibility for drone strike in Syria

The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group, Hassan Nasrallah, says a US official visiting Beirut to mediate between Lebanon and Israel over a maritime border dispute is a "friend of Israel". The report said several people were killed in the attack, but gave no further details. However, Israel says its drone "fell" in Lebanese territory.

Israeli occupation military confirmed a drone was downed in southern Lebanon, shortly after Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the event.

The hardline militant movement had already vowed to start "a new phase" of their fight against Israel, which means targeting Israel's unmanned aerial vehicles over Lebanon.

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on whether Israel was behind the latest strikes.

Aoun, Hezbollah's political ally, considered the crash of the two drones, as a "declaration of war" on Lebanon.

"The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on September 9 that the overnight raids carried out by unidentified warplanes took place in the region of Al-Bukamal near the Iraqi border", reported Radio Farda, a US government news outlet intended for the Iranian audience. At the same time, Israel is alarmed by Iran's growing influence in the region through militia allies such as Hezbollah in countries such as Syria.

Wednesday, August 28:The Lebanese army said it fired at two of three Israeli drones in southern Lebanon after they violated Lebanese airspace.

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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said the fall of the two Israeli drones marked a unsafe development.

Later on Wednesday, the Israeli army said its drones "completed their mission and no [Israeli military] damage was reported".

A U.S. official said at the time that Israel was responsible.

He added that there were no longer red lines that Hezbollah would not cross in defending Lebanon from Israeli aggression.

Israel had also raised the stakes by accusing Iran of stepping up efforts to provide Hezbollah with precision-guided missile production facilities.

Hezbollah pledged a swift response along the border and said that it would also shoot down any intruding Israeli drone in the future.

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