Lebanon Two drones fall into Hezbollah stronghold (2)

Lebanon: Two drones fall into Hezbollah stronghold


One of them exploded causing damage. The incident comes hours after Israeli strikes in Syria.

A drone fell on Sunday 25 August shortly before dawn and another exploded in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital Beirut, a stronghold of Hezbollah, told AFP an official of the Shiite movement.

The first drone fell without damage while the second, charged with explosives, detonated, causing significant damage to the media center, “told the Lebanese national news agency (ANI) spokesman Hezbollah, Mohamed Afif. “Hezbollah did not fire on any drones,” Afif added. “The first did not explode and is now in the possession of Hezbollah, who is analyzing it.” He said Hezbollah leader Nasser Nasrallah is due to speak later today.

According to the Lebanese army, these drones were Israeli.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Sunday (August 25th) denounced an Israeli “aggression” threatening “regional stability”. “The new aggression (…) is a threat to regional stability, and an attempt to push the situation towards more tension,” Hariri said in a statement, denouncing a “blatant attack on Lebanese sovereignty and a flagrant violation of UN Resolution 1701, which ended the conflict between the two neighbors in 2006.

The incident comes hours after Israeli strikes in neighboring Syria. An AFP correspondent had heard a big explosion in the southern suburbs.

Only a few tens of meters from Hezbollah’s media center, he was then able to watch Lebanese security forces cordon off around a perimeter to prevent hundreds of residents from approaching. Hezbollah security services were also present.

“Two drones, the first fell and was neutralized, the second has exploded,” had initially confirmed to AFP a Hezbollah official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Lebanon and its Israeli neighbor are still technically in a state of war. Regularly Beirut accuses the Jewish state of violating its airspace with its planes or drones. Considered by Israel and the United States as a terrorist organization, Hezbollah is a major political player in Lebanon, where it is represented in the government and parliament.

The last major confrontation between Hezbollah and Israel dates back to 2006, when 33 days of the war in July left 1,200 Lebanese, and 160 Israeli, without neutralizing the Shia movement, targeted after the abduction of two Israeli soldiers. In recent years, persistent hostility between Israel and Hezbollah has emerged in Syria, where the Lebanese movement, like Iran, another arch-enemy of the Jewish state, intervenes militarily to support the regime of Bashar al-Assad . Late Saturday night, Israeli warplanes carried out strikes in Syria to prevent an Iranian force from launching an attack on Israel with explosive drones, the Israeli army said.

On the Syrian side, a military source quoted by the official Sana news agency said that the Syrian army’s anti-aircraft defense had gone into action on Saturday night to counter “Israeli missiles” from the Golan and targeting the area around Damascus. , stating that most had been shot before reaching their targets. Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria since the beginning of the war in that country in 2011, most targeting Iranian or Hezbollah targets according to the Jewish state.

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