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[Published: Monday September 09 2019]

Hezbollah downs Israeli drone

BEIRUT 9 Sep (ANA) - Lebanon's Hezbollah said it shot down an Israeli unmanned aircraft outside the southern town of Ramyah, the movement's Al-Manar TV said early on Monday.
The drone is now in the hands of Hezbollah's fighters, the Iran-backed group added in a statement.
The group said it had "confronted" the drone with "appropriate weapons" as it was heading towards the southern Lebanese town.
In a statement, the Israeli military said one of its drones "fell inside southern Lebanon during routine operations". It did not say what caused the crash and added, "there is no concern information could be taken from it".
Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, reporting from Beirut, said this would be the first time Hezbollah says it downed an Israeli drone since 2006, when Hezbollah and Israel went to war.
"Hezbollah is trying to create some sort of a deterrence because Israel in many ways has been acting with impunity in neighbouring Syria targeting what it says are Iranian-backed bases," Khodr said.(ANA)
FA/ANA/9 September 2019----

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