Hezbollah leader: Israeli drones will be downed


Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah said two Lebanese nationals were killed in the strike which he said targeted Hezbollah positions.

A spokesman for Lebanon's Hezbollah says two Israeli drones crashed in Beirut without the militant group firing on them.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri described the crash of the two drones as a violation and "aggression" against Lebanese sovereignty. "How do you foil an attack of killer drones?"

He said the developments overnight constitute a threat to regional stability and an attempt to push the situation toward more escalation.

Veteran Israeli analyst Amos Yadlin said in a lengthy twitter thread that the Israeli strike proved "a wide, multi-dimensional (geographic, operational, intelligence, technological) campaign is waged in the Middle East, far beyond last night's strike in Syria".

Nasrallah said that his movement would do anything to prevent such incidents from occurring again.

A Lebanese army statement said an Israeli drone came down while the other exploded in the sky over Beirut, causing material damage.

He said it was the first clear risky breach of rules of engagement since the two sides fought a month-long war in 2006. Hezbollah officials said one of the drones was rigged with explosives and caused some damage to the organization's media center.

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"We did not shoot down or explode any of the drones", Afif told The Associated Press.

A senior Revolutionary Guards commander denied on Sunday that Iranian targets had been hit in Israeli air strikes in Syria, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported.

The US officials also said the United States was looking at several possible scenarios that could involve Iran or its proxies carrying out an attack in retaliation.

On the popular Israeli YNet news website, military affairs commentator Ron Ben-Yishai described the alleged Iranian killer drone attack plans as revenge by Tehran for the purported Israeli drone strikes in Iraq, noting that the two enemies were using similar weapons.

Lebanon has complained to the United Nations about Israeli planes regularly violating its airspace in recent years. Conricus, however, said the impact of the Israeli strikes was "significant".

Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and has sent military advisers and militias to aid his forces.

Syria's state run news agency Sana said "air defenses detected hostile targets approaching from above the Golan towards the surroundings of Damascus, and the attack was dealt with immediately and efficiently, destroying most of the Israeli rockets before they could reach their targets". Iran supports Hezbollah in Lebanon, as well as an array of government-allied militias in Syria and Iraq.

"We're not there yet", he said on Israel Radio.