The head of the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah on Thursday removed any remaining uncertainty over the origins of a surveillance drone aircraft that entered Israeli airspace last Saturday. Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah told Al-Manar TV that his group was responsible for the drone, although he said it was manufactured by Iran. The Israeli military shot down the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), according to the IDF website.
Nasrallah, according to Al-Manar’s website, claimed the flyover “is not the first, and it will not be the last, and with these aircrafts we could reach many locations.”
Both Hezbollah and Israel said the drone entered Israeli airspace from the west, with Nasrallah saying it flew in from the Mediterranean Sea after flying south from Lebanon over the body of water.
Nasrallah said the downing of the UAV was “expected” and praised the distance order phentermine k25 traveled by the drone, although the IDF said it was being monitored by both air and ground forces. The IDF website said the drone was shot down intentionally over a southern forest so as not to harm a civilian region. The website said that IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai called the Israeli operation a success.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke highly of the IDF’s efforts on Thursday. In comments posted on the Prime Minister’s Office website, Netanyahu said, “We are taking determined action to defend our borders both on land… and in the air, as we did over the weekend when we foiled an attempt by Hezbollah. We will continue to take vigorous action against all threats.”
(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, October 11, 2012)