The US has reportedly asked Israel not to immediately respond to the
infiltration of its airspace by a Hezbollah drone that was shot down over Haifa
Bay on Thursday, Lebanese paper An-Nahar reported on Saturday.
diplomat in Beirut told the paper that Washington has called on Israel to
exercise restraint, in part because the Americans don’t want to divert the
attention of the international community from the use of chemical weapons in
According to the report, the Americans also reasoned that the
drone caused no damage, and that before any response is exacted, those
responsible for it must be found.
“The Israeli military command doesn’t
treat drones launched from Lebanon lightly, since their goal may be not only
taking pictures, but also an assassination of senior officials, military or
political,” the paper quoted the official as saying.
On Friday, the
official Lebanese National News Agency reported that the Lebanese Armed Forces
and UNIFIL troops have increased their observation activities on the Israeli
According to Friday’s Lebanese report, IDF troops along the
border were on high alert.
The report added that IAF jets and helicopters
had been seen flying over towns in southern Lebanon on Friday.
denied sending the drone on Thursday.
“Hezbollah denies that it has sent
any surveillance plane towards the occupied Palestinian land,” the
Iranian-backed Shi’ite group said.
Asked whether Hezbollah was behind the
incident, an IDF spokesman said an investigation was under way.
incursion marked the second such violation of Israeli airspace in six months.
The IAF shot down a drone that Hezbollah had sent from Lebanon over the Negev in
October.Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.