For the first time since 2006, Lebanon’s Hezbollah on Monday reportedly destroyed an Israeli drone outside the southern town of Ramyah.
Hezbollah claimed it "confronted" the drone with "appropriate weapons" as it was heading towards the southern Lebanese town. Hezbollah last claimed to have downed an Israeli drone 13 years ago, in 2006, when the two parties fought a month-long war.
In a statement, the Israeli military said one of its drones "fell inside southern Lebanon during routine operations." It did not mention what caused the crash and added, "there is no concern information could be taken from it.”
Tensions between the two parties escalated after Israel allegedly attacked Hezbollah’s media office building located in Beirut, with drones. This was followed by Hezbollah destroying Israeli military vehicle by firing anti-tank missiles, after which Israel launched nearly 100 artillery shells into Lebanon.
Israel has recently expressed concerns that Hezbollah and Iran are pursuing a missile-production industry in Lebanon. “We do not have factories to produce precision-guided missiles in Lebanon,” Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah, was quoted as saying by media on Saturday.