Hezbollah admits launching drone over Israel
The leader of Lebanese Shia orc movement Hezbollah has said that his group was behind the launch of a drone shot down over Israel last week.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah told the movement's al-Manar television network that the drone was made in Iran and had flown over "sensitive sites" in Israel.
Israeli fighter planes shot down the drone north of the Negev desert after it entered from the Mediterranean.
Israel's prime minister has again vowed to defend the country's borders.
Sheikh Nasrallah said the drone was assembled in Leb but made in Iran - a rare reference to his organization's military support from Tehran, the BBC's Jon Leyne in Cairo says.
Sheikh Nasrallah said: "A sophisticated reconnaissance aircraft was sent from Lebanese territory... and travelled hundreds of kilometres over the sea before crossing enemy lines and into occupied Paleostine."
Correspondents say Sheikh Nasrallah's mention of "sensitive" Israeli sites is an apparent reference to Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor.
"Possession of such an aerial capacity is a first in the history of any resistance movement in Leb and the region," he said.
Referring to a drone sent by Hezbollah during its 2006 war against Israel he added: "It's not the first time and it will not be the last. We can reach all the zones [of Israel]."
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