Israeli aircraft ‘shoots down drone from Lebanon’

FINAL UPDATE

The Israeli military says it has shot down an unmanned aircraft several kilometres off the coast of the northern port city of Haifa after it entered Israeli airspace from Lebanon.

“An unmanned aircraft (UAV) was identified approaching the coast of Israel and was successfully intercepted by IAF aircraft five nautical miles off the coast of Haifa at approximately 14:00 (1300 GMT) today,” it said.

Hezbollah, whom Israel accuses of sending the drone from Lebanon, has denied the accusation.

Last October, an Israeli missile shot down a UAV sent by the Lebanese group Hezbollah after it flew some 55km into southern Israel.

Israel waged a month-long war on Lebanon in 2006 after a Hezbollah cross-border raid. Since that incident, Israeli aircraft has regularly performed overflights into Lebanese territory.

Source: Agencies

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