The leader of the Hezbollah militia group Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has stated that his organization owned the UAV that was recently shot down in Israeli air space.
BBC News and Reuters quote both the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Nasrallah as stating that the drone shot down by the Israeli Air Force (IAF) belonged to Hezbollah.
The drone flew some 35 miles into Israeli air space before it was intercepted and shot down by the IAF. Netanyahu has stated that Israel will "act with determination to defend its borders." He dubbed the shoot down of the Hezbollah drone a thwarting of that organization's attempts to violate Israeli air space.
The Israeli PM stated that, "As we prevented last weekend an attempt by Hezbollah we shall continue to act aggressively against all threats."
The drone was downed last Saturday by a missile fired by an Israeli jet fighter over a largely uninhabited area near the Palestinian West Bank territory.
This is the third occasion that unmanned drones belonging to the Lebanese militia have violated Israeli air space.