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Israeli drone crashes in Lebanon for 2nd time in 3 weeks

July 11, 2015 12:11 P.M. (Updated: July 11, 2015 12:20 P.M.)
Israeli army UAV landing at an airfield in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on January 20, 2015 (AFP/Jack Guez, File)
BERUIT (AFP) -- An Israeli drone crashed in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli on Saturday, the military said, in the second such incident in three weeks.

"At around 8:30 a.m., a drone belonging to the Israeli enemy went down in the port of Tripoli, and the army has taken the necessary measures," the Lebanese military said in a statement, without elaborating.

A security official said the pilotless aircraft crashed into the sea.

"Fishermen had the impression a plane was falling down towards their harbor, close to the main port of Tripoli," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"They alerted the army which has retrieved the aircraft from eight meters (26 feet) under water. It turned out later that it was an Israeli drone," the source added.

An spokesman for the Israeli military refused to comment on the reports.

Israel routinely flies its planes and drones across the border over Lebanon, in direct violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 that ended a 2006 war with Hezbollah.

On June 21, Israel carried out an air strike in eastern Lebanon to destroy one of its drones that had crashed in the mountains outside the village of Saghbine.

Lebanese officials say that the violations come on a nearly daily basis, with the ominous buzzing of drones and fighter jets a routine part of life across the south and even in the capital Beirut.

In February 2014, an Israeli drone crashed on the Blue Line, the UN-demarcated line between Lebanon and Israel.

The Blue Line was drawn up in 2000 by the UN after Israeli troops withdrew, ending a 22-year military occupation of south Lebanon.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report.

Comments
Joe Fattal / USA
Maybe somebody in Lebanon shoots them down. Now Lebanon needs some anti-craft weapons to shoot down Israeli jets flying in a foreign air-space which they are not authorize. Let them fly over Egypt and see how quick they will be shot down peace or no peace treaty.
11/07/2015 16:54
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