18:33 GMT03 March 2021
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    The news about the UAV blast comes just two days after Hezbollah claimed it had destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the Israeli armed forces near the settlement of Blida.

    An Israeli drone has been downed over southern Lebanon, local broadcasters reported, citing a security source. At the same time, the Israel Defence Forces stated that the aircraft was targeted by Lebanon, but managed to escape the fire and proceed with its mission.

    "Recently, anti-aircraft fire from Lebanese territory was detected, trying to hit a drone during operations over Lebanon. The aircraft was not damaged and continued its mission", a tweet says.

    Relations between the two countries remain especially tense since a 2020 drone attack in Beirut against a Hezbollah media office, which the Lebanese side blamed on Israel. Both Lebanon and Israel have repeatedly claimed they downed the drones of the opposite side, accusing each other of violating their airspace.

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