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Hezbollah Claims Drones Crashed in Beirut Suburbs on Sunday Carried Explosives

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On 25 August, two Israeli drones crashed near Hezbollah’s headquarters in the suburbs of Beirut. One reportedly exploded midair, causing significant damage to the Hezbollah press service building and injuring three people. Beirut has described the flight of the Israeli "reconnaissance drones" as "aggression" and an "attack" on its sovereignty.

Hezbollah claimed that the Israeli drones carried explosives, Reuters reported. In particular, the movement said in a statement cited by Reuters, that experts have examined the first drone. The suburbs "were subjected to an attack by rigged drones", with the first one failing to cause a blast and the second exploding, Hezbollah said, according to Reuters.

Lebanon has long noted Israel’s use of Lebanese airspace for ongoing raids, saying that such actions violate the sovereignty of the republic and UN Security Council Resolution 1701, enacted after the 2006 conflict between the two countries.

Israel considers the Iran-backed Hezbollah, based in Lebanon, to be among its main rivals in the region, targeting it with air raids.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri called the Israeli drone strikes an attack on his country’s sovereignty. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened Israel with an "adequate" response. Israel has accused the Shiite militant group of plotting to attack it with "killer drones".

On Monday, Israeli drones and fighter jets were reported to have been flying over Lebanon after a series of incursions caused tensions between the neighbors to soar in the past days.

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