JERUSALEM: The Israeli military said today its air defences intercepted a drone flying towards Israel from Lebanon while it was over Lebanese territory, and that an anti-tank missile fired from Lebanon hit the Yiftah area of northern Israel.
There were no immediate reports of casualties in the Yiftah strike.
The Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah, which has been exchanging fire with Israeli forces at the border for a month, said it had targeted several Israeli positions at the border using guided missiles and other weapons.
The Israeli army said the drone was identified flying from deep inside Lebanon towards Israel.
“The UAV was tracked by detection and control systems and was successfully intercepted by the IDF aerial defence array over Lebanon,” it said.
Lebanon’s state-owned National News Agency, citing its correspondent, earlier reported that Hezbollah shot down a hostile drone over south Lebanon, with wreckage falling over the villages of Zebdine and Harouf 30km from the border.
There was no comment from Hezbollah on the report.
Hezbollah has for the first time declared its use of anti-aircraft missiles during the hostilities that erupted a month ago.
In an incident 3km from the border, a scout troop affiliated with Lebanon’s Amal Movement, a Hezbollah ally, said four of its paramedics were wounded by an Israeli drone strike.
The Islamic Al-Risala Scout Association said in a statement the drone hit two cars directly as rescuers were evacuating people from a house struck in an earlier Israeli attack near the village of Tayr Harfa.
Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah have been escalating since its ally, the Palestinian group Hamas, and Israel went to war on Oct 7, in the worst fighting between the two since their 2006 war.
Around 60 Hezbollah fighters have been killed in the violence.