Lebanese army fires at 2 Israeli drones

Claims airspace was violated

August 28, 2019 - 2:42 pm

(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)


BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's official news agency and a security official say the military has fired at two Israeli reconnaissance drones that violated Lebanese airspace.

The National News Agency says the incident happened Wednesday night over the village of Odeisseh, near Marjayoun, near the border with Israel. It was not immediately clear whether any of the drones were shot down.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The incident came just days after an alleged Israeli drone crashed in a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut while another exploded and crashed nearby. The Lebanese group Hezbollah called it an act of aggression vowed to retaliate against the attack.

The Lebanese army and government officials have also described the drone crash incidents as an attempted attack and violation of sovereignty and asserted Lebanon's right to self-defense.

There was no immediate comment from Israel on Wednesday's incident.