Daily Israel Report

Hizbullah Presents Simulation of Drone Flight

Hizbullah’s television network broadcasts a video which simulates the route made by the unmanned drone that infiltrated into Israel.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 10/12/2012, 9:20 PM

Nasrallah
Nasrallah
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The Hizbullah terror group’s Al-Manar television network broadcast on Friday a video which the network claimed simulates the route made by the unmanned drone that infiltrated into Israel last Saturday.

The simulation clearly showed that the drone had a camera which photographed the targets over which it flew.

The video said that the drone took off from Lebanon and flew over the Mediterranean Sea, along the Israeli coastline. It claimed that the drone managed to avoid all Israeli radars as it advanced towards the southern Israeli coastline. The video also said that the aircraft flew over Israel's oil rigs that are located deep in the Mediterranean.

After the drone penetrated Israel's airspace, it managed to successfully pass by an Iron Dome anti-missile battery without being detected, claimed the Hizbullah video.

The Israeli Air Force subsequently shot down the drone on Saturday morning after it entered the country's airspace.

Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah boasted on Thursday that his group sent the unmanned drone over Israel, saying the device was built by Iran.

"A sophisticated reconnaissance aircraft was sent from Lebanese territory ... and travelled hundreds of kilometers over the sea before crossing enemy lines and into occupied Palestine," Nasrallah said on Al-Manar.

"It overflew sensitive and important installations for dozens of kilometers until the enemy spotted it near (the nuclear site) Dimona," he added. He did not identify the installations.

Nasrallah's acknowledgement of the drone came shortly after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pointed the finger at Hizbullah as being behind the incident and vowed to defend his country against further "threats."

An Israeli official questioned by AFP said he was not surprised that the drone was made in Iran. "The fact that Hizbullah weapons come from Iran does not surprise anyone," the official said on condition of anonymity.

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