Hassan Nasrullah

Lebanese leader Hassan Nasrullah has announced that the unmanned aerial vehicle recently downed by Israel was built in Iran and assembled in Lebanon.

The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Thursday, in a speech aired on Al-Menar television network, that the UAV flew hundreds of kilometres over the Mediterranean and entered Israel from the south and continued its flight over “sensitive bases” before being downed.

He announced that the UAV was downed by Israel near Dimona, which is one of Israel’s nuclear bases.

Nasrullah stressed that this is not the first time they had carried out the intelligence operation and it would not be last time.

Last Saturday, Israel announced that it had shot down a UAV that had entered Israeli airspace from the Mediterranean Sea.

Hassan Nasrullah said that after the 33-day war between Israel and Hezbollah, Israeli aricrafts entered Lebanese airspace on several occasions, and Hezbollah has the right to carry out reconnaissance flights over Israel.

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stressed that Israel will protect its borders, and Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has said that Israel will carry out retaliatory acts in response to the UAV invasion of Israeli airspace.