Israel shoots down drone

The Israeli military said it shot down a drone on Thursday, five nautical miles off the coast of its northern port of Haifa, after tracking it for an hour as it flew south along the Lebanese coast.

Israeli analysts speculated that the drone was more likely to have been on a surveillance mission, possibly to photograph sites like Israel’s off-shore gas fields or its chemical stores in Haifa.

Israeli suspicions immediately fell on Hezbollah, the militant Shiite organization in Lebanon, which fought with Israel during a monthlong war in 2006, and which Israel regards as a terrorist organization.


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