For the first time, Hezbollah employed UAVs to bomb an enemy position, Iranian news agency FARS reported on Sunday.
The Lebanon-based terror organization struck the al-Qaeda affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front) positions on the outskirts of Arsal, in Syria. The Iranian report claims at least 23 terrorists were killed, with dozens injured.
While Hezbollah had previously deployed unmanned aerial vehicles on reconnaissance missions, this incident marks their first aggressive use of UAVs. The attack is a possible retribution for a suicide attack in which three Nusra forces were killed.
On Saturday Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV network reported that an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed over the Marjayoun area in Lebanon, close to the border. Israel has yet to address the report.
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In 2013, Israeli F-16 fighter jets downed a drone off of Haifa's coastline. The unmanned aircraft, which was flying at an altitude of about 6,000 feet (1,800 meters), when it was downed, apparently entered Israel's airspace from the north and was heading south. Explosions were heard in the area.
Half a year beforehand, the IAF intercepted an unmanned and unidentified aircraft that entered Israel's airspace early Saturday morning.
The aircraft was shot down by two F-16I jets in an open area in the northern Negev region, and its remains were scattered in an open area in the south Mount Hebron region.