Israel shoots down three unarmed Hezbollah drones | Hezbollah news

The Israeli army said it had intercepted three drones launched by the Lebanese Hezbollah, heading towards an offshore gas field.

The Israeli army said it had intercepted three drones launched by the Lebanese Hezbollah, heading towards an offshore gas field in the Mediterranean.

The army said in a statement on Saturday that “three hostile drones approaching the airspace in the economic waters of Israel were intercepted,” adding that the drones were heading towards the Karish gas field, whose part is claimed by Lebanon.

Israeli military sources said that the drones were not armed and did not pose a threat.

The sources said that a fighter plane intercepted two drones while a second warship intercepted the other.

On Saturday, Hezbollah said it had launched three unarmed drones and that they had accomplished the mission and “the message had been delivered”. There was no immediate response from the Lebanese authorities to the incident.

Lebanon condemned Israel last month when a vessel belonging to the London-listed Greek energy company Energean entered the Karish field.

Israel claims that the field is in its waters and is not part of the disputed area subject to continuing negotiations over maritime boundaries.

Hezbollah warned Energean to continue its activities.

Lebanon and Israel resumed negotiations on their maritime borders in 2020, but the process was stymied by Beirut’s claim that the map used by the United Nations in the talks needed to be modified.

Beirut initially claimed 860 square kilometers of water, which it said was in dispute, but then requested an additional 1,430 square kilometers, including part of the Karish field.

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Lebanon had hoped to expand offshore oil and gas production as it grappled with the worst economic crisis in its modern history.

The Israeli military said Saturday’s intercepts were the first time an air defense system mounted on an Israeli navy ship had shot down an incoming target.

Lebanon and Israel are still technically at war and do not have diplomatic relations. UN peacekeepers patrol the border.

Israel fought a devastating war with Hezbollah in 2006 and regards the Iran-backed group as one of its main enemies.

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