IDF takes down drone crossing border from Lebanon

Military says will continue to react to any infringement on Israeli sovereignty; Chief of Military Staff tours border area, meets local leaders and military commanders as troop deployment bolstered following uptick in violence

Yoav Zitun, Daniel Salami|

Chief of Military Staff tours the northern border 
The IDF on Friday took down a UAV that crossed the border from Lebanon, the military said.
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A military spokesperson said the drone had been under observation during its entire flight by the IDF. "We will continue to prevent any infringement on our sovereignty," the spokesperson said.
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הרחפן שחצה מלבנון
הרחפן שחצה מלבנון
A drone crossed the border from Lebanon on Friday, taken down by the IDF
Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi visited the northern border earlier on Friday afternoon and met with commanders and residents. He convened a meeting of the senior commanders to discuss the situation after rockets were fired at the Galilee on Thursday.
The IDF attacked Hamas targets in South Lebanon early on Friday in retaliation but no Hezbollah targets or Lebanese army bases were hit.
IDF stikes southern Lebanon early on Friday
After the Thursday meeting of the security cabinet, additional troops were deployed to the northern border as well as to the south, including infantry and artillery units.
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כוחות צה"ל ליד גבול לבנון
כוחות צה"ל ליד גבול לבנון
IDF troops near the Lebanon border on Friday
(Photo: EPA)
Naim Qassem, second at the head of the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group said Israel will not succeed in spreading fear. "The deterrence is in place, Palestinian fighters are on the ground and the resistance is on alert. The defeats of the Israeli enemy are increasing and victory is near," he said.
Nasrallah is set to speak later in the evening at a religious event on the occasion of the Holy month of Ramadan. He may comment on the recent uptick in violence.
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