The Israeli army claims that one of its drones fell in Lebanese territory, following a reinforcement of its presence on its northern border near Lebanon.
The drone fell “during IDF operational activity” along the border, the military said in a statement Sunday.
“There is no concern that information has been released,” he said.
Israel’s Channel 12 reported that the drone crashed after a technical failure.
Tensions mounted along Israel’s border with Syria and Lebanon this week after a fighter from the Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah was killed in an apparent Israeli strike on the outskirts of Damascus.
Israel regularly deploys drones over Lebanon, in particular to monitor the movements of Hezbollah, Israel’s adversary and heavyweight in Lebanese politics.
During a Sunday visit to a military base near the border, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said “Lebanon and Syria are responsible for what happens on and from their territory.”
“We are not trying to make the situation worse, but anyone who wants to test us will see a very strong reaction,” Gantz warned, according to a statement from his office.
Israel is technically at war with Lebanon and Syria and has carried out hundreds of airstrikes on Syrian soil to prevent Iran, which supports Damascus, from gaining a foothold there.
Israel this week stepped up its troop presence on its northern border in what several Israeli media have described as a response to an increased threat from Hezbollah.
On Monday, five Iranian-backed fighters were killed in an Israeli missile strike south of the Syrian capital Damascus, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor. Hezbollah said one of its fighters was among the dead.
Israel on Thursday announced initial reinforcements in the north and additional measures on Friday.
Hours later, it struck military targets in southern Syria in retaliation for earlier “ammunition” fire into Israel from inside Syria.
The military said that by ordering the redeployment, it had “increased its readiness against various potential enemy actions.”
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