‘Lebanon army shoots at’ Israeli drone violating airspace

A picture taken from the southern Lebanese village of Houla shows Israeli soldiers, standing guard behind the border fence, on a road in the northern Israeli kibbutz of Manara on Oct 7, 2022. (MAHMOUD ZAYYAT / AFP)

BEIRUT – The Lebanese army on Friday opened fire at an Israeli drone that violated the airspace in southeastern Lebanon, according to a source in the army.

The Israeli drone flew for several minutes over the borderline in Houla town, where the Lebanese army was carrying out a mission, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The army fired machine guns at the drone, prompting a state of alert among the Lebanese and Israeli armies, the source added, calling for the intervention of the UN Interim force in Lebanon to reduce tension.

Israeli warplanes fly into Lebanese airspace daily, which the United Nations considers a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 which calls for a ceasefire between the two countries and Israeli military withdrawal from Lebanon.