Israeli military says attempt to down one of its drones over Lebanon failed

An Israeli soldier guards near the border with Lebanon. (Reuters)
Updated 31 October 2019

Israeli military says attempt to down one of its drones over Lebanon failed

  • Al-Mayadeen TV reported an Israeli drone was brought down near the town of Nabatiyeh in southern Lebanon
  • Neither side immediately identified who in Lebanon might have carried out the anti-aircraft fire

JERUSALEM: Israel’s military said an anti-aircraft missile was fired from Lebanon at one of its drones on Thursday but the aircraft was not hit in the rare launch.
A military spokesman made the statement on Twitter after Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV reported an Israeli drone was brought down near the town of Nabatiyeh in southern Lebanon.
Neither side immediately identified who in Lebanon might have carried out the anti-aircraft fire. But an Israeli security source said Hezbollah was responsible.
Lebanon’s biggest militia, Iran-backed Hezbollah had vowed in August to shoot down Israeli drones in Lebanese airspace. That followed a suspected Israeli drone strike on a Hezbollah-linked facility in Beirut.
Tensions have risen between them as US sanctions squeeze Iran, which Israel accuses of trying to set up precision-missile plants for Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah has denied having such sites.


Arab coalition and WHO set up air bridge to evacuate sick Yemenis

Updated 6 min 37 sec ago

Arab coalition and WHO set up air bridge to evacuate sick Yemenis

  • Patients will be transferred to Egypt and Jordan to receive treatment
  • The operation is called “Flights of Mercy”

RIYADH: The Arab coalition and World Health Organization are to establish an air bridge to evacuate sick and injured Yemenis.

Patients will be transferred to Egypt and Jordan to receive treatment, coalition spokesman Col Turki Al-Maliki said on Monday. 

The operation named “Flights of Mercy” is “in line with the coalition’s humanitarian efforts to support the brotherly people of Yemen, to ease the struggle of those sick and patients with incurable diseases,” he said.