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Hezbollah drone photographed secret IDF bases

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By JPOST.COM STAFF
14/10/2012

Report in 'Sunday Times' says UAV struck down over Negev had beamed live images of IDF preparation for joint US exercise, missile sites, airfields and perhaps Dimona reactor.

The Hezbollah drone that infiltrated the Negev last week beamed back live images of secret Israeli military bases, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday.

According to the report, the drone was airborne for three hours before being intercepted by an F-16I jet. It is believed to have transmitted pictures of preparations for Israel's joint military exercise with the US, as well as ballistic missile sites, airfields and, perhaps, the nuclear reactor in Dimona, the Sunday Times reported.

The report also stated the interception of the drone was "botched" when the first missile fired by the Israeli jet missed. The aircraft had traveled 200 miles, the program claimed.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah took credit on Thursday sending the drone aircraft into Israel on Saturday, saying in a televised speech on the Al- Manar station that it was Iranian-made and that it was shot down near the Dimona reactor.

"The drone flew over sensitive installations inside southern Palestine,” he said.

Nasrallah claimed the Ayoub drone was designed and manufactured in Iran and assembled in Lebanon, denying reports that the drone was a Russian design.

The Hezbollah leader said the drone was sent as a response to what he referred to as Israel's violations of Lebanese airspace since 2006.

"This flight was not our first will not be our last, and we give assurances we can reach any point we want. We have the right to dispatch recon planes over occupied Palestine at any time," Nasrallah said.

Earlier that day, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Israel would “act with determination to defend its borders at sea, on air and land” just as it had “thwarted Hezbollah’s attempt over the weekend,” to send an unmanned aircraft into Israeli airspace.

Gil Hoffman and Joanna Paraszczuk contributed to this report.

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    Heath · 7 years ago
    Drones are a good tool but it carries a double edged sword. Keep our drones in the skies and shoot down enemy drones. Good work Israel. 8)
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    Thomas Dikel · 7 years ago
    Although it is possible that the reports of real-time beaming of data from the drone back to Iran are valid, if the Sunday Times used Hezbollah for their news source, it is highly likely that there is at least some degree of exaggeration. Hezbollah has a long history of exaggeration and outright lies, many of which have been picked up and repeated as fact by the international news media, particularly European and especially British. Since at least 1982 there has been a lamentable lack of cross-checking of sources, or as we have moved into the age of 24-hour news, checking the source at all - regardless of their history of misinformation, disinformation, and outright lies. Note: The Israelis reported that the first shot fired missed, therefore chances are good that this cross-checked information is correct.
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    TheOldMan · 7 years ago
    "This flight was not our first will not be our last..." Well until you run out of drones.
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    Paul Jackson · 7 years ago
    My thinking is that Israel is going to be scouring the skys for the downlink frequencies; I doubt that Iran/Hezbollah have the sattelite assets to alow these drones to shoot the link up. When they start transmitting video back to the gound station, it'll be like turning on a searchlight at night and bye bye drone.
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    Unbiased · 7 years ago
    SO, Hezbollah has used drones against Israel. Israel has broken the air space of it's neighbours on a permenant basis for decades, drones and planes. Funny how they react when the same illegal acts are done against them. I guess rules dont apply on an equal base. Drones will be used by more countries, and this Pandora Box is of US/IDF own doing. I have no sympathy with either parties, IDF drones are illegal and so are Hezbollah's, when both cross borders illegaly. Nuff said.

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