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STRICTLY SECURITY | Drones are emerging as a new technological component of countries” air forces. How is Israel ensuring its forces and civilians are protected from such threats? ELTA CEO Yoav Turgeman discusses with host Yoav Limor.
Hezbollah claims the drones downed over Beirut this past week took off from Israeli gunboats off the coast of Lebanon, Al-Manar reported Friday.
The Lebanese Shi’ite group and the army has blamed Israel for the drones that hovered over southern Beirut and damaged one of Hezollah’s media center carrying 11 pounds of explosives.
Sources told i24NEWS that the drones were used for intelligence purposes and that they were equipped with explosives in order to self-destruct in the event of their capture by foreign entities.
But other reports emerged suggesting the unmanned aerial vehicles were targeting a targeting a precision missile factory a couple of days before Israel Defense Forces (IDF) revealed purported intel of such facilities in Lebanon working to produce guided missiles under the direction of Iran.
Lebanon’s President called the incidents a “declaration of war” on Monday and has appealed to the UN to warn Israel that its alleged aggression is a “threat to the region. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri reportedly told UN Chief Guterres on Friday that “any Israeli escalation could drag region into confrontation.”
Hezbollah has threatened to retaliate as Israel continues to take military precautions on its northern border.
In a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said suggested that Israel would take preemptive action to “prevent its enemies who seek its destruction from arming themselves with lethal weaponry.”