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Hizballah leader admits sending drone over Israel

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 11 October 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Hizballah leader admits sending drone over Israel, 11 October 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5089071fc.html [accessed 25 July 2014]
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October 11, 2012

Hizballah chief Hassan Nasrallah Hizballah chief Hassan Nasrallah

Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah has said in a televized interview that his Lebanon-based Shi'ite group sent an Iranian-made drone into Israeli airspace on October 6.

Nasrallah claimed the drone "flew over sensitive installations" in Israel before being shot down near the Dimona nuclear facility.

Nasrallah said the drone was only a "small part of our capabilities" and claimed the intrusion into Israeli airspace was "not the first time and will not be the last."

Since 2004 Hizballah has been trying to send unmanned aircraft into Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about the downing of the drone just before Nasrallah's interview aired.

Netanyahu accused Hizballah of sending the drone into Israeli airspace.

Netanyahu said, "We are acting with determination to protect our borders."

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and dpa

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