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Israeli army fails to intercept drone fired from Lebanon

A picture taken on May 22, 2020 shows military drones at the Hezbollah memorial landmark in the hilltop bastion of Mleeta, built in 2010 to commemorate Israel's withdrawal from the country, near the Lebanese southern village of Jarjouaa. - Twenty years after the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon, Hezbollah still enjoys wide support among youth regaled with tales of the Shiite group ending 22 years of Israeli occupation. The group continues to leverage the memory of this "victory" to mould a new generation of loyalists gearing up to join its regional operations. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP) (Photo by JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 22, 2020 shows military drones at the Hezbollah memorial landmark in the hilltop bastion of Mleeta, built in 2010 to commemorate Israel's withdrawal from the country [JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images]

The Israeli army said, Friday, it had failed to intercept a drone fired from Lebanon and breached the country's airspace, Anadolu News Agency reports.

"It is clear from the preliminary investigation that, earlier today, a small wireless drone was spotted inside Lebanon, flying towards Israeli territory," army spokesman, Avichay Adraee, tweeted.

"After violating Israeli sovereignty and following it up through monitoring systems, helicopters and warplanes were summoned, in addition to launching an interceptor missile from the Iron Dome without being able to intercept it," he said.

Adraee added that "after a few minutes, the small drone returned to Lebanon."

An earlier military statement said that the drone had been intercepted.

There was no comment from Lebanese authorities on the report.

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