The Israeli military announced on March 26 that it had shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Avichay Adraee, a spokesman for the Israeli military, said that the UAV was shot down after violating Israel’s airspace. The wreckage of the downed UAV was recovered by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
“The IDF sees the incident as a dangerous violation of the sovereignty of the State of Israel and it consider the Lebanese state responsible for everything that happens from its territory,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman shared a photo of the UAV, which appeared to be based on the commercially-available Skywalker X8. Yemen’s Houthis and Syrian militants are known for modifying this type of drones for combat uses.
#عاجل جرى صباح اليوم إسقاط طائرة شراعية تابعة لمنظمة #حزب_الله الإرهابية والتي اخترقت من #لبنان إلى داخل المجال الجوي الاسرائيلي. تتواجد الطائرة الشراعية بحوزة قوات #جيش_الدفاع. pic.twitter.com/SNtWAhksUJ
— افيخاي ادرعي (@AvichayAdraee) March 26, 2020
Hezbollah has not commented on the Israeli claims, thus far. The Lebanese government is also ignoring the alleged incident.
The downing of the UAV could lead to a military escalation as Israel may respond to the “violation.” Hezbollah had threatened Tell Aviv with a fierce response to any attack on Lebanon or its troops in Syria.