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Hezbollah Drone Triggers Air Raid Sirens in Northern Israel

February 21, 2022

by: Kate Norman

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An unmanned Hezbollah aerial vehicle (illustrative)

Monday, 21 February 2022 | On Friday afternoon, a drone crossed into northern Israel from Lebanon, triggering sirens and aerial defense systems, the Israeli military announced.

However, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) lost radar contact with the drone after a few minutes, and despite the military scrambling helicopters and fighter jets as well as launching an Iron Dome defense battery, the drone crossed back into Lebanon unhindered.

“The event is under investigation and civilian life has returned to routine,” the IDF announced on Twitter.

Hours later, Hezbollah, the Iran-backed terrorist entity based in Lebanon, claimed credit for the “Hassan” drone.

The terror army issued a statement claiming the unmanned vehicle was launched into the Jewish state on a reconnaissance mission that lasted over 40 minutes and infiltrated over 70 kilometers (43 mi.) into Israel before getting caught. The IDF, on the other hand, said the drone was in Israeli airspace for just minutes.

Hours later, Israeli fighter jets flew over the Lebanese capital of Beirut at what was reportedly the lowest altitude in years. The jets arrived from the direction of the Mediterranean Sea, circled Beirut for several minutes and then returned to Israel, having made their point.

The day before Friday’s incident, the IDF downed two drones: one from the north along the border with Lebanon—also belonging to Hezbollah, and the other in southern Israel that had crossed from Gaza. The Israeli military shot down the drone from Gaza, but the device was able to cross back over the border and crash into the Gaza Strip.

Earlier last week, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah announced that the terror army has been producing its own drones “in Lebanon for a long time, and whoever wants to buy them, submit an order,” as quoted by the Times of Israel.

Drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are becoming an increasing security threat to Israel and worldwide. They are small—thus harder to detect and track—cheap, and can be used simply for reconnaissance missions as well as suicide attacks.

“It is cheap and easy to carry out attacks with them,” an unnamed senior official warned the Times of Israel last week.

The IDF therefore has to constantly stay on its toes and vigilantly guard against these physically small threats that can have big repercussions along the Jewish state’s northern and southern borders.

Posted on February 21, 2022

Source: (Bridges for Peace, February 21, 2022)

Photo Credit: Israel Defense Forces/Commons.wikimedia.org

Photo License: Wikimedia

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