Iran's defense minister, Ahmad Vahidi, said on Sunday that Hezbollah had a "natural right" to fly drones over Israel.

Speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate new military production units, Vahidi, a former commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), alluded to Iran's continued backing of Hezbollah.

"The Islamic Republic's capabilities are very high, and are in support of the Islamic ummah [collective nation]," he said, according to a report in Fars News, which is linked with the IRGC.

Hezbollah's activities had "shown the weakness of the Zionist Regime's Iron Dome", Vahidi added.

"The Zionist Regime cannot be immune to the wrath of the Islamic ummah," he said.

Vahidi added that the Hezbollah drone flight was a response to Israel's "repeated violations" of Lebanese airspace.

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