Hezbollah Shoots Down Israeli Drone Found in Southern Lebanon

Hezbollah, a Lebanese terrorist organization supported by Iran, claimed this week that they successfully shot down an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was engaged in a military operation in the southern region of Lebanon.

The drone, which was intercepted over the Al Aishiyeh region in southern Lebanon, was engaged in hostile actions against our resilient population, as stated by the terror group.

Based in Lebanon, Hezbollah is a political party and terrorist force that identifies as Shiite Muslim.

Fundamental to Hezbollah’s philosophy is an elimination of Israel and rejection of Western meddling in the region. Its principal backer is Iran.

Although several Western nations have categorized Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, the group claims to do charitable work and has considerable political power in Lebanon, where many Shiites see them as protecting their homeland from Israeli aggression.

In the midst of the Gaza battle, Israeli troops and Hezbollah have been engaging in regular heavy gunfire for more than six months. These hostilities are the most severe since their 2006 war.

According to Hezbollah, the drone in question was manufactured by the Israeli arms firm Elbit Systems and was a multi-payload drone called an Israeli Hermes 450.
It has dozens of customers throughout the globe and is said to be the most popular UAV NATO Class II. The Israeli Defense Forces rely on it.

According to the manufacturer, the Hermes 450 unmanned aerial system (UAS) is the primary tool for the Israeli Defense Forces in their fight against terrorism. It has been in service for more than 300,000 flight hours and has an unmatched track record of dependability and safety.

Fears of a new escalation have been heightened by the fighting.

Reports indicate that 370 Lebanese were killed in the conflict, with over 240 of them being Hezbollah combatants and 68 being civilians. Israeli officials have reported 18 casualties on their side,  including troops and civilians.