Hezbollah announced late on August 22 that it had shot down an Israeli drone that had crossed the separation line into Southern Lebanon.
In a statement, Hezbollah said the drone, a DJI Mavic Pro quadcopter, was shot by one of its fighters after crossing the separation line from the Israeli side to an area located south of the Lebanese town of Ayta al-Shab.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) acknowledged that one of their drones was lost near the separation line with Lebanon, saying that there is no fear of information leakage.
The DJI Mavic Pro, which is commercially available for less than $900, has been in service with the IDF since it was first released in 2016. The drone is equipped with a camera and can stay in the air for 27 minutes.
According to the Times of Israel, Mavic Pro drones are in service with the IDF’s Paratroopers Brigade, Golani Brigade, Nahal Brigade, Kfir Brigade and Givati Brigade. The drones are only used in non-secret missions.
The IDF has been anticipating an attack by Hezbollah since July 20, when a series of Israeli airstrikes on the Syrian capital, Damascus, killed a fighter of the Lebanese group.
Hezbollah has reportedly taken the decision to response the incident. The downing of the Israeli drone was not, for sure, the long-awaited response.