Israel denies the drone was shot down by Lebanon

 Israel denies the drone was shot down by Lebanon

A military spokesman wrote on social media twitter that an anti-aircraft missile was launched from within Lebanon into an unmanned aerial vehicle but missed. The spokesman did not disclose further details.

Earlier in the day, Lebanese square television reported that an Israeli drone had been shot down near the town of nabatiyeh in southern Lebanon. No more information was mentioned in the report. Lebanons state news agency reported that there was a huge explosion near the town of nabatiyeh, when an Israeli spy plane happened to fly by.

Nabatiyeh is one of the strongholds of Hezbollah supporters in Lebanon, the Associated Press reported. Hezbollah in Lebanon was founded in 1980s. Since 1997, it has been listed as a terrorist organization by the United States government and has been sanctioned for many times. Israel has long regarded Hezbollah as a major security threat.

Relations between Lebanon and Israel have been strained recently by drone incursions into their airspace. Lebanon has identified Israeli drones as repeatedly intruding into its airspace. Two of them crashed and exploded in the southern suburb of Beirut on August 25, causing partial damage to the media center building of Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Hezbollah said on September 9 that it shot down an Israeli drone in the southern region. The Israeli army denied that the drone had been shot down, saying only that the drone crashed without explaining the cause of the crash. On October 23, similar incidents happened again. Hezbollah in Lebanon said it shot down an Israeli drone in the south. The Israeli army only said that the drone crashed in Lebanon, but did not explain why.

Source: editor in charge of Xinhua News Agency: Lin Zhiheng