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Israel shoots down three Hezbollah drones in Lebanon

2022-07-02T19:33:51.271Z

The border between Israel and Lebanon in the Mediterranean Sea is disputed. Now Israel has shot down aircraft. They were apparently on their way to a gas field that both countries claim for themselves.



Israeli forces shot down three drones from Lebanon over the Mediterranean Sea.

The unmanned aircraft were heading for Israeli economic waters, but according to initial investigations, "did not pose an immediate threat," the army said on Twitter.

The Lebanese Hezbollah said it had sent the three drones.

The Shiite militia has close ties to Israel's nemesis Iran.

The border between Israel and Lebanon in the Mediterranean Sea is disputed because both sides claim gas deposits there.

Officially, the countries are at war, which is why a rapprochement is particularly difficult.

There are also frequent tensions at the land border between the two countries.

According to the AFP news agency, the drones have moved towards the Karish offshore gas field.

A drone was intercepted by a fighter jet, the other two by a warship.

Lebanon and Israel negotiated their disputed sea border for the first time in October 2020, mediated by the United States.

Negotiations were suspended in May 2021.

The border dispute was initially about an 860 square kilometer stretch off the coast of both countries, and finally Lebanon demanded an additional 1,430 square kilometers, which also includes the Karisch field.

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Source: spiegel

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